SERMONS OF JESUS,
PREPARING DISCIPLES FOR MINISTRY
Jesus sermon found in John 21
1."After these things, Jesus shewed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on his wise He shewed Himself.
2. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of His disciples.
3. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately, and that night, they caught nothing.
4. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore; but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
5. Then, Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered Him, No.
6. And He said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
7. Therefore, that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
8. And the other disciples came in a little ship: (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
9. As soon as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
10. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
11. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three; and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
12. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask Him, Who art Thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
13. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
14. This is now the third time that Jesus shewed Himself to the disciples, after that He was risen from the dead."
After these things Jesus showed Himself again...
The word shewed is the Greek word, phaneroo (G5319), meaning that He manifested His power and glory after His resurrection. This time it was in Galilee, as He promised.
Matthew 28:7 (KJV)
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
So this is just several days after the resurrection. Jesus, here in this sermon by Galilee, is going to prepare the disciples for the kind of ministry they will have from this point forward. The post resurrection ministry is vastly changed by the events of the resurrection. Jesus would soon depart, His words with them here are vital for them to see the unfolding of their new ministries.
There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
Seven disciples were on a fishing trip. Whether they were doing this for pleasure, or were going back to a former profession, or were doing to raise money for their coming ministry with Jesus, is not clear. They were in the right place, as directed by Jesus, to meet with the Lord.
that night they caught nothing
This event of catching nothing is similar to a previous fishing trip.
Luke 5:1-11 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
So this current event in John 2, is repeating the same results as when they went on a former fishing trip. In both cases, Jesus miraculously provided many fish. This convinced them that it was the Messiah. In both times, they were commissioned to win souls. Jesus did this similar miracle to remind them of the former, and to add one more teaching to the first illustrated lesson. The first time, they had been commanded just to cast in their nets, and this second time, they were told to cast nets on the right side of the boat.
They caught nothing. They had fruitless work. They were likely frustrated and upset. Today, some in ministry have ‘caught nothing’. Their work seems fruitless and of course, if they love the Lord they serve, they are frustrated
knew not that it was Jesus
Because of darkness of the night, they did not know Jesus was present. Similarly, because of the darkness of our sinful world, we can easily lose vision of the Lord. Jesus is present, standing on the shore, willing to give wisdom and direction, if we but listen to His words.
Children, have ye any meat?
The word ‘children’ is the Greek word paidion (G3813), meaning an infant, a term of endearment. The Lord not only is present while we toil in this world, but He is present in a loving, caring way. Looking out for us as a parent observes in love their child.
This word is the Greek, prosphagion (G4371), meaning something to eat with bread. Jesus wanted a sandwich, and it is referring to fish.
Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.
The direction of Jesus to the disciples shows that the problem of fruitless service is not that there is no fish to be caught, but we need to cast our net on the right side, do it the right way, and then find there shall be a catch, fruit to our work.
the disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter
John was convinced that Jesus loved him. He recognized it was Jesus and the first thought in his head was that this was the Lord Who loved him. We need to have that convincing thought also, while we labor, while we toil in our calling, even when fruitless, we need to know that it is Jesus Who truly loves us.
girt ... naked
All Peter was wearing was the inner tunic that those who were at labor would wear alone. To have only this tunic on, would mean they were ‘naked’ of the over garments of dress attire. Peter cast himself into the sea in a hurry to get to Jesus.
two hundred cubits
They were three hundred feet from shore. Jesus had been shouting the distance of a football field to them. Peter had a long swim to get to Jesus, the disciples who caught the haul of fish had a long row to get to Him.
they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid theron, and bread
They had caught a miraculous number of fish. Jesus, can, if we cast on the right side of the boat, bring us miraculous ministry. The Lord can supply every need, and give miraculous ministry, if we listen to His direction.
It was not just that they were fishing on the wrong side, for most likely they had already tried different locations, cast on both sides of the boat already, and often. The key was listening to the direction of Jesus. They tuned into His wisdom, and then could catch many.
This is the Greek word aristao (G709), meaning to eat the morning meal. It was not the Greek word deipnon (G1173) meaning supper. The disciples had been again fishing at night. Morning had come, and there was Jesus to give them direction for how to succeed in their work. Then came the meal together with Jesus. We are toiling in this current world, ministering for the Lord. There is going to be a final revival, begun just before the coming of Jesus and the marriage supper of the Lamb. We shall soon sit down and eat a meal with Him in heaven. We need to be alert to His call, listen to His direction, and there will be miraculous ministry in the final time before our reunion with Him.
Christ no doubt ate with them to prove He was not just a spirit, but a body of flesh and bone, able to still eat with them.
third time that Jesus shewed himself
The third time to show Himself to the majority of apostles with a miraculous sign to prove His reality, and prove He was the Messiah. It was the seventh appearance since the resurrection. There were many appearances of Christ:
To Mary Magdalene (Mk. 16:9; Jn. 20:15-16), to the women at the tomb (Mt. 28:9), to two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Lk. 24:13-31), to Peter (Lk. 24:34; 1Cor. 15:5), to the ten apostles (Jn. 20:19), to the eleven apostles (Jn. 20:26), to the seven apostles (Jn. 21:1-22), to the eleven apostles on a certain mountain in Galilee (Mt. 28:16), to the twelve apostles, including Matthias (1Cor. 15:5; Acts 1:26), to five hundred brethren (1Cor. 15:6), to James, the Lord's brother (1Cor. 15:7; Gal. 1:19), to all the apostles (1Cor. 15:7; Mk. 16:19-20; Lk. 24:50-53; Acts 1:3-12,26), Jesus appeared. There were countless other times and people to whom He appeared that are unrecorded. There are countless times He appears or manifests Himself in some ways to us today. Soon, we will all meet Him at His appearing in the clouds.
The Lord promised that He would MANIFEST Himself to those who loved Him, and were abiding with and in Him. We are at that time, in our Christian experience, that we have learned to abide in Him, and have Him abiding in us. We should also have learned to love and appreciate the Lord in a new way. We are, or should be, anxious to have a manifestation of the Lord to help us in our daily walk.
Note again the promise of Jesus.
"I will not leave you comfortless; I will come unto you (this is happening now, as never before). Yet a little while and the world seeth Me no more (how true, and how very evident it is being shown right now); but ye see Me (this is the abiding presence of the Lord that we see): because I live, ye shall live also (this new life in His abiding presence is wonderful). At that day (we are there, in "that day"!!) ye shall know that I am in the Father, and ye in Me, and I in you. He that hath My commandments (His rhema), and keepeth them (a challenge for us), he it is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him (this on-going manifestation of the Lord to us is our greatest blessing and desire in this double portion revival)."
Jesus illustrates this manifestation meant for all of us in the last day revival by a story of His third appearance to the disciples after His resurrection. Seven of His disciples were going fishing, as many of us have been about the work of "fishing for men", and awaiting the appearance of the Lord. While they struggled to do their jobs, and finding it less rewarding than they desired, a voice calls to them, "Have ye any meat?"
We have struggled against the devil, been attacked by him and his forces, and attempted to do the work of the latter rain revival. In all honesty, we too must admit, like the disciples, that we have less than full nets to show for our labors. In these last days, we still need the Lord, and more than ever.
The Lord instructs them to cast their nets on the right side. This is indicative of the place wherein we now find ourselves. The Spirit of Truth is correcting many situations, many doctrines of the church that were in error, many misunderstood portions of Scripture, and getting our lives into the rhema word of truth in new and marvelous ways. We are learning to "Cast the net on the right side."
The Lord was preparing to give the disciples a manifestation of Himself, but as yet they had not recognized Him. And we are in a place of being dealt with by the Spirit of Truth, and have not yet realized the desire of the Lord to fulfill His promise to manifest Himself to us, and we are about to see how He did it for them, so we can enjoy a similar manifestation for ourselves.
We do not want to be "comfortless" (John 14:18), and we need a manifestation of Jesus. We need to have Him reveal Himself in a precious way to us. We need to see Him, feel His presence in a new and vital way. We need to have more revelation of Jesus than ever before, for we are on the edge of a great revival, such as this world has never seen. When the disciples took the step of OBEDIENT FAITH, and cast their nets on the right side, as instructed by the Lord, a great catch of fish filled the nets. John recognized this must be Jesus on the shore... and Peter hurriedly swam ashore to be near to the Lord. The other disciples rowed the boat to shore... and all definitely recognized that they were truly with the Lord.
STEP ONE TO THE MANIFESTATION
IS "CASTING OUR NETS
ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BOAT"
We need to take the step of OBEDIENT FAITH of casting our nets on the right side. We need to start doing this aright, not as we may have been taught, but as the Lord wants us to now... When we do such, we too will find our nets overflowing with fish. We will see a harvest to our ministries in this last day revival as never before.
We want such a harvest, but even more than that we want a manifestation of the Lord. The disciples did not even yet finish bringing in the nets, but hurried to shore to be at the feet of Jesus. Some were more hurried than others, but all of them forgot the nets teeming with fish, with their desire to see Jesus being overwhelming!
Are you at that point? We want ministry, we want a harvest, and we will rejoice at the full "nets" of our efforts, but first we should want to be at the feet of Jesus. We love Him, and desire to be with Him. We need His presence! As we have come to that point now, and the Lord is blessing us with blessed ministry, wonderful revelation, and enjoyable fellowship in our conversations with Him, but we still need that special manifestation that He has promised. So, hurry to shore, hurry to the sound of this familiar voice that we hear. Drop everything and rush to Jesus.
"BREAD" AND "MEAT"
AWAIT US AT THIS MANIFESTATION
When they reached shore, they found the Lord near a fire, with fish and bread on the fire. He was prepared for this reunion, and was ready to feed these tired, weary disciples. When we find our manifestation of Jesus, we will find that He will have more bread (Jesus is the Bread of Life) for us to consume and He will also have MEAT for us to eat.
The MEAT is the strengthening, the food of mature ones that gives strength... We need more strength and courage to do the works, and strength to speak the rhema word in this world. This is for now, not for after the rapture (for notice, the nets were not yet brought in with the 153 fish.). so as we are still bringing in full nets for the Lord, we are to rush to His presence and receive the manifestation of the Lord... that He promised.
Jesus has more bread (sustenance of life), and some meat (food for the mature one, the one needing strength for labor performed, or about to be performed). Bread and meat await us on the fire, the fire by the Lord. We can marvel in His presence, enjoy the manifestation of the Lord in a precious way... while we feast on the food that He has prepared for us.
Notice the words of the Lord as they reached shore, and were just beginning to enjoy the manifestation of the Lord. He said to them: "Come and dine!" Literally, it meant... Come (approach Me) and dine (enjoy a break from your night of fasting, a breakfast)!
Jesus told the Pharisees that His disciples would fast after that they were not with Him, and we have been in a fasting time, of doing without all the nourishment that He can provide. It is time to 'break the fast'... and dine with the Lord. We need a manifestation of Him, and we need the sustenance and strength that only He can provide us for these last days of bringing in the full nets. Jesus gave them the bread, and He gave them the meat also. He wants us to have both. The natural fear of speaking His rhema, the natural dread of the trials, persecutions, and demonic attacks need to be faced with the bread and meat of the Lord already consumed. We need the manifestation of Jesus now, not simply in the clouds on rapture day.
HOW TO OVERCOME FEAR IN THE LAST DAYS -
THIS IS THE "MEAT" -
WE MUST COME TO THE "PERFECT LOVE"
Jesus knew that the disciples were still filled with fear, and did not fully understand all that had happened... but He had an answer for them. The meat that He gave them was the revelation of how to overcome fear.
John reiterated the illustrated lesson of the Lord (which we will examine in a moment) by summarizing the truth in I John 4:15-19:
"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth our fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us."
Notice that John is speaking the same truths that we have been learning from his gospel. We need to dwell in the Lord, and allow Him to dwell in us... When we dwell in the Lord, His love fills us... and we find in John's gospel that the Lord tells us that the "love" mentioned here is felt by His rhema word that fills us... and continues in us... without measure... as we have learned in the previous lessons.
We need a "perfect love"... to embolden us.. to empower us to do the works of the Lord in these last days without fear. What is this "perfect love". Jesus taught this to the disciples when He was manifesting Himself to them... on the shore... as they ate the bread and the meat. This is the meat of the lesson.