Summary: Gone Fishing - John chapter 21 verses 1-21 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(1). A Night of Defeat (vs 1-3).
(2). A Morning of Decision (vs 4-17).
(3). A Day of Dedication (vs 18-25).
(4). A Lifetime to Serve (vs 20-25).
• Explaining marriage to his four-year-old girl;
• The dad thought he was doing a good job.
• Bute she was as inquisitive, and as bright as a new penny.
• When he realised she was having difficulty in grasping the concept of marriage,
• The dad decided to pull out his wedding photo album,
• Thinking visual images would help.
• He turned over one page after another,
• Pointing out the bride arriving at the church, the entrance,
• The wedding ceremony, the reception, etc.
• "Now do you understand?" he asked.
• "I think so," the girl said, "is that when mommy came to work for us?"
• TRANSITION: Three years ago Peter started working (better word: serving) Jesus;
• He obeyed the call of Jesus; “To follow him”
• But as we pick up the story Peter has taken a detour.
• In fact he has been on an emotional roller coaster!
• In the previous week,
• He has gone from the giddy heights of Palm Sunday.
• Where he half-expected Jesus to be crowned king & maybe set up his kingdom.
• To the utter depths of despair on Good Friday.
• Where he watched Jesus nailed to a cross like a lump of meat!
• And then swept up to a mega high again, with the news of the resurrection.
• This has been one emotional roller coaster!
• In this chapter, Peter has gone home;
• Back to the ‘familiar’ shores of Galilee,
• (also known as the Sea of Tiberias and Lake Genesaret).
Peter and the other disciples are from that region and so they have gone back home:
• Note: You realise that Jesus and the disciples were northerners don’t you?
• Jesus like Peter and the others all had strong regional accents;
• (ill: And they probably liked mushy peas and brown sauce or the Israeli equivalent).
• There was one southerner among the twelve - Judas,
• But it’s probably best not to mention him!
• You might be wondering what are they doing in Galilee?
• Shouldn’t they have remained in Jerusalem,
• And that’s down in the South?
Answer: No! They should not be in Jerusalem.
• Twice in Matthew chapter 28 they were told to go Galilee:
• First: by an angel (Matthew chapter 28 verses 7).
• Second: by Jesus himself (Matthew chapter 28 verses 10).
• Who told them to go to Galilee, and he said he would meet them there.
Notice that no specifics are given as to exactly where in Galilee:
• So the disciples go home, back to families, friends and comforting surroundings;
• Back also to the place where they first met the Lord.
• I wonder if that’s what the Lord had in mind,
• Bringing back to this geographical location,
• Allowed him to once again remind them of their true calling?
(1). A Night of Defeat (vs 1-3).
• Charlie Brown was complaining because his team always lost their games.
• Lucy attempted to console him with the words;
• “Remember, Charlie Brown, you learn more from your defeats than from your victories."
• Charlie Brown responds by saying,
• "Then I must be the smartest person in the world!"
• TRANSITION: We pick up the story with Peter losing, defeated.
• Peter’s decision to go fishing was not a good one.
• In Luke chapter 5 verses 1-11 Jesus had called him to leave fishing & follow him.
• Peter in these verses is returning to the old life he had before he met with Jesus;
• Notice everything in this scene speaks of defeat.
Four insights to that fact:
• It was dark – “It was night time” (vs 3)
• Is this a picture that Peter was no longer walking in the light?
• ill; Chapter 3:2 - John tells us that Nicodemus came “at night”;
• A picture of him being in spiritual darkness.
• ill; Chapter 13:30 - When Judas went out to betray Jesus we are told “It was night”.
• Once again a picture - his actions were evil – he was walking in darkness.
• For Peter he was working in the dark (vs 3)
• I can’t help but feel this is a picture of his spiritual condition.
• They had no direct word from the Lord.
• Instead of waiting and praying and fasting and seeking God.
• Peter decides to “Lean on his own understanding”,
• He decides to go fishing.
• His impatience distracted him into unproductive activities;