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Living in Light of the Resurrection - John 21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:21

 

What might be surprising about Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances is how He met the disciples in very simple and ordinary ways. The final chapter of John centered on Jesus’ appearance to a group of seven disciples, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, having a simple breakfast meal of bread and fish. Emily Dickinson, the writer, once said, "The truth must dazzle gradually, or every person be blind."

 

There are many nuances to the way that John told the story. For example, the coal fire is the same word used for the fire in 18:18 where the officials and servants gathered around a fire in Peter’s first denial. Peter and the group returned to their former way of life, fishing. It was something that they were familiar with. The setting at the Sea of Galilee is poetically familiar; this was where Peter was initially called to follow Jesus (Luke 5:1-11). And once again, the disciples initially did not recognize Jesus.

Jesus asked the disciples to bring some of the fish that they caught and then, Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” three times to reverse his three denials. Jesus gave him the mission to ‘Feed my sheep.”

 

According to tradition attested to by Origen and Tertullian, two early church fathers, it was said of Peter “that he suffered crucifixion with his head downwards; as requested by Peter himself". Apparently, Peter did not think himself worthy enough to be crucified in the same way as his Lord. What could have possibly transformed a defeated broken failed disciple into the rock and leader of the early church and someone who faced martyrdom with courage? This story in John 21 tells us how; it was the forgiveness, restoration, and re-commissioning of Peter by the risen Lord. Essentially, here we see the Gospel - grace, love, forgiveness, and calling.

 

Peter’s story is our story. We have failed our Lord but He forgives, restores, and calls us again to serve Him.

 

Peace and grace to you in this Easter season, John

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:28