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Dave Burnette's Commentary

John Chapter 21 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (85-90 AD)
Overview: Eternal Life is in Jesus-Christ Alone (c 1-21)
Theme:  The Death and Resurrection of Jesus, The Son of God (c 13-21)
Message: Jesus Challenges the Disciples (v 1-25)

John 21 Commentary

(21:1-14) Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples - Chapter 21 is an epilogue to John’s narrative. Very likely, John decided to add this chapter some time after he completed his Gospel in order to clarify the misconception about the relationship between his (John’s) death and the Lord’s return. The rumor that John would not die before the Lord’s return (21:23) had to be corrected; otherwise, the church might experience great trouble at his death before the Lord’s return. John, therefore, decided to add a chapter that would make it clear that Jesus did not say that he would return before John died.

(21:15-25) Jesus Challenges Peter - After the meal, Jesus and Peter had a talk. During their conversation, Jesus led Peter through an experience that would remove the cloud of guilt that came from Peter’s denial. The Master-Teacher conveyed both forgiveness and usefulness to this disciple who must have concluded he was beyond being useful to Jesus. John Concludes this book with the statement that his account of these events to be accurate. John did not go into detail on some events as the other Gospels but chose to tell his account of Jesus-Christ with simplicity and focus on Who Jesus is - The Savior of the World


Dave Burnette's Life Application

If You Love Jesus You Will Tell Others

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of John with Chapter 21. In our text today we see Jesus appearing to the disciples after the resurrection while they are fishing and Jesus explains to Peter if you really love me you will feed my sheep. In making application we see that Jesus explains that if we love Him we will tell and instruct others of the Good News of the Gospel. The truth is that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. If we don't tell others they will not have the opportunity to be saved. How about you? Are you telling others of Jesus? Let us learn from our text today and the final instructions of Jesus to Peter that John recorded before Jesus ascended to heaven that if we Love Jesus we will tell others of the Gospel so they will have the opportunity to be saved. 


John 21 

John 21

 1After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.

 2There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.

 3Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

 4But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

 5Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

 6And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

 7Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

 8And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

 9As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

 10Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.

 11Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

 12Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

 13Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

 14This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

 15So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

 16He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

 17He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

 18Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

 19This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

 20Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

 21Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?

 22Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

 23Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?

 24This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

 25And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.