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Summary: Peter and Christ after the Resurrection

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AM MESSAGE – 05-02-04

“Three Simple Questions”

John 21

INTRO:

- Matt.28:10 – Jesus tells the women at the tomb to have the Disciples meet him in Galilee

READ JOHN 21:1—8

1. Have you caught any FISH?

- (v. 3) Peter literally says, “I going to back to what I know.” The Greek phrase here means, “I’m retiring.”

- “Have you ever faced a time of disappointment, or discouragement, and thought, ‘That’s it. I quit. I’m not going to do this anymore. I’ll go back to …”

- Disciples fished all night…were exhausted, tired, and discouraged. And then here’s this dude who wants to know if they’ve caught anything. The question phrased in the Greek was done in such a manner so as to form a rhetorical question.

<< Illus. Working on the coffee table as a child. “What are you doing?”

Which led to… “Do you want me to tan your hide?” >>

- “God asks questions of us to see where we are spiritually.

- He asked Adam “Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9)

- He asked Sarah “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Gen 18:4)

- He asked Ezekiel “Son of Man, can these bones live?” (Ez. 37:3)

- “Jesus established with his question what the disciples were doing wrong: They were attempting to work outside of His direction.” We also can be like the disciples. As we work, and do not see visible results, we become tired, exhausted, and discouraged. And sometimes we work all day at the wrong job.

- “When you and I are not where God wants us to be, there will be no results, no fish.”

- (v. 6—7) But even in the midst of this night-without-fish, John recognized Jesus.

- “How can we realize that God is wanting us to remain in Him?

- “We can recognize Christ’s presence through his prior activity.”

- Malachi 3:6 – “I the LORD do not change.” Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

- “Do you recognize God at work in your situation? It was the same Lord who had not allowed them to catch a thing all that night that sent the 153 fish that into the net that morning. He is only one who knows where the fish are.”

- “Christ’s nature is the same as it has always been…and his question to us will always be the same: “Are you doing the work for which I sent you? Or are you trying to do something that I have not asked you to do?”

*** (V. 11) Note about the net: God may stretch us, but He’ll never break us ***

READ JOHN 21:15—19

2. What PRIORITY have you made me?

- Jesus was asking Peter where in his list of priorities Christ lay. I think Christ asks these questions of the other disciples as well, including contemporary ones.

- “What is Number One in your life? Family? Friends? Work? Social Standing? Money?”

- Luke 14:33 – “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”

- “The Rich Young Ruler in Luke 18 wouldn’t make Jesus first in his life…he went away very sad. Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 wouldn’t make Jesus first in their lives…they went away very dead.”

- “Jesus is asking today, “___________ (your name here), do you love me more than anything else? Or do you love me because you feel you ought to?”


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