THE RISEN LORD APPEARS/APPEARANCE OF THE RISEN LORD/CHOOSING TO FOLLOW

Study Date: 8 April 18        
Scripture: John 21: 1-14             
Biblical Date: A. D. 30          
Biblical Location: SEA OF TIBERIAS

KEY VERSE:   “JESUS SAITH UNTO THEM, COME AND DINE, AND NONE OF THE DISCIPLES DURST ASK HIM, Who art thou?  Knowing that it was the Lord.” (John 21: 12)

OBJECTIVES: 
  • To summarize the appearance of Jesus to seven disciples on the sea of Galilee shore.
  • To see how Jesus strengthens and helps our faith.
  • To affirm the symbolic and real presence of Jesus in our communal meals.
  • To see how Jesus is fully capable of meeting our needs.
  • To practice the presence of Christ by eating together.
  • To be available to God by putting ourselves in the way of His blessings.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED

Luke 24: 36-49; 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8; 2 timothy 3: 14-17; Acts 8: 26-35; John 21: 15-23.

WORDS TO REMEMBER
  • Bartholomew—Nathaniel, gift of God. Always mention with Philip.
  • Bring—to carry some burden, to put in the presence, to cause to be, to make happen.
  • Cast—throw, to thrust, to let go.
  • Come—to arrive, to more from there to here.
  • Loved—strong affection for, deep liking, intense fondness, deep devotion.
  • Nothing—zero, naught, thing that does not exist.
  • Shewed—make manifest, visible, make known what was hidden.
  • Simon—Peter, means listen or he has heard, wrote two books, son of Jonah.
  • Sons of Zebedee—James and John, sons of thunder, wanted special seats in the kingdom.
  • Thomas—means twin.  Twin unnamed (John 11: 16, 20: 24, 21: 2)
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND/TILLING THE SOIL
  • Who were the people who saw Jesus after His resurrection?
  • Why are those commissioned by Jesus back fishing again?
  • What is miraculous about the catching of an abundance of fish?
  • What can you expect to find by following the instructions of Jesus?
  • Discuss the “right side of the boat” and it’s implications.
  • What are some of the reasons for following Jesus?
  • Why do the disciples not recognize who Jesus is?
THE SEED        THE RISEN LORD APPEARS/IT IS THE LORD               JOHN 21: 1-14
  1. Gathering After Jesus’ Resurrection (John 21: 1-3)
  2. Jesus appears twice before and now He shows Himself to seven disciples.
  3. Four of the disciples were not present.
  4. Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, James, John, and two others were present.
  5. Peter and the other decided to go fishing but caught nothing.
  6. Fishing On The Sea Early Morning (John 21: 4-8)
  7. Jesus stood on the bank and asked what they had caught.
  8. He told them where to fish to make a catch.
  9. There they caught so many that they could not get them to the boat.
  10. Knowing it was the Lord, the disciples got themselves together and headed for shore.
  11. Meeting Jesus On The Shore (John 21: 9-14)
  12. They saw a fire on shore with fish and bread.
  13. Jesus called to the disciples to bring the fish they had caught.
  14. There were 153 fish but the net did not break.
  15. They knew it was Jesus and joined Him to eat.
  16. This was the third appearance of Jesus.

When we listen and follow the words of Jesus, we can be sure He is the Lord of lords.

PLANTING THE SEED
  • What seven disciples were present in this account.
  • Why do you think the name Peter is first among these men?
  • What do you think Peter meant when he said, “I Go A Fishing.”?
  • Why did Jesus ask the disciples if they had caught any fish?
  • Why did these experienced fishermen obey a stranger’s instructions on fishing technique?
  • What did the large catch reveal to the disciples?
  • Why did the disciples not ask who Jesus was?
  • How did Jesus reassure the disciples?
  • Who else did Jesus appear to after the resurrection?
  • What implications should we note about the resurrection?
NURTURING THE SEED
  • How is Jesus present with believers today?
  • When Jesus comes to you, how do you recognize Him?
  • In what ways do situations turn around because Jesus is there?
  • How can believers remain productive in times of uncertainty?
  • What impact does teamwork and cooperation have on relationships?
  • How does Jesus’ behavior show leadership examples?
  • How is this appearance of Jesus similar to the day He called Peter to be a disciple?
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
  • Jesus is always present with those who follow Him.
  • When your efforts seem futile, do not become discouraged.
  • You will find what you need when you follow Jesus.
  • A good follower appreciates the wisdom on his leader.
  • Jesus brings an abundance where there is a lack.
  • Jesus prepares for His children and provides what they need.
  • When you go fishing use the right bait and tool.
  • Guided by the Holy Spirit, evangelist will find those who need to be saved/caught.
  • Fish that are mounted won’t grow anymore.
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