John 21 (ESV)

After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 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 as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on 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 of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off . . . Continue Reading

After Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were out all night fishing and caught nothing, Jesus appeared to them on the shore and told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat.

Not knowing yet that it was Jesus telling them to do this, they cast their net on the right side and caught so many fish, they were not able to haul it in! It was at this time they knew it was Jesus who told them to do this. There were 153 fish in the net- and this after not catching anything all night.

It’s interesting that John 21:11 says, “although there were so many, the net was not torn.” What a magnificent way of expressing the sovereignty of God in our redemption, restoration and perseverance!

This reminds me of other verses in earlier chapters of the Gospel of John regarding God’s sovereignty:

John 6:39 “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.”

John 10:28-30 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

John 18:9 “This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: ‘Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.'”

This is then lived out as Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Him and Peter tells Jesus that he does love him (John 21:15-17). This goes back to Peter’s denial of Jesus in John 18:17, John 18:25 and John 18:27.

But this time, the rooster is silent!