John 21:1-19 (NRSV) 1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards. 9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”
The Second Calling…
Some talk about the second coming..
Some have never noticed the second calling.
This scene is very similar to the first calling of the disciples of Simon, James and John.
This occurs after the resurrection..
When things are radically different.
AGAIN the catch nothing, without Jesus
The call to cast on the other side is to look
From a different perspective.
We look from the perspective of living, after the fact of Easter. Jesus calls the disciples again to bring fish..
That he lead them to find,
Encourages them when they do find
And has the charcoal ready for cooking
Yet, bring what YOU have caught..
A post resurrection invitation to eat breakfast: Here is the biblical model for the U.M.Men’s breaking of the fast!
The second call goes to Simon the Denier. (If we label Thomas the Doubter, Simon should be called the Denier.)
J: Peter will you follow me?
SP: To the death, Lord!
J: No, you will deny me 3x tonight.
SP: (1) Not me, (2) I don’t know him, (3) never did.
Jesus does not return, haven given up on those waiting and hiding out nor those who focus on their work – and physical needs first… He comes back.
The Message of the Resurrection is that Jesus, KEEPS Coming back. (Here is our Good News to share with everyone we meet this week!)
No matter what we have done that doubts, denies, defiles… Jesus comes back, and sends us our again.