Friday, August 30, 2013

Bible Study: Meet Jesus, Son of God/Son of Man - John - Chapter 21

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the Gospel of John, although they are a bit better formatted than former efforts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. I’m not sure of the condition of the world at the time of this publication. But at the time of its writing, fall 2009 through late spring 2010, things are looking increasingly bleak with the economy, health care and unemployment, there is a renewal and increase of racism, and godly principles of living being disregarded, there are floods in India, earthquake and tsunami in Samoa. Are these the first stages of birth pains? The last? God only knows. And He is very busy these days. Seek His wisdom. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming to deliver His people and judge the wicked…


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 21 of the book of John. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

21:5 – they didn’t lie about their catch.

21:6 – Why would the disciples obey a seemingly crazy suggestion?

21:11 – I wonder why they mentioned the exact number of fish. What are your thoughts?

21:15-19 – Peter had a private restoration with Jesus. Christ asked Peter three times if he loved Him – the same number of times Peter denied Him.

Isn’t it precious to know that we can be restored to serve Him after we’ve sinned?

21:20-23 – Jesus tells Peter that John’s relationship with Him is not Peter’s concern. So it is in our lives. Don’t be jealous of someone else’s relationship with God.

21:25 – I am blown away that Jesus did many other things that obviously John witnessed, but weren’t recorded. So many things that John believed the whole world wouldn’t have room for the books that would be written. Granted, John’s concept of the size of the world might have been a bit off-base, but that’s not the point. There’s also no real point in speculating what those things might have been that Jesus did that weren’t recorded. Instead, contemplate this:

What has Jesus done in your own life that could be added to the list of things the Lord has done?

• The book of John is called the “Love Gospel”. How have you seen God’s love at work in this chapter of scripture and how will you apply it to your life this week?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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