John Chapter 21

The 21st. letter is Shin - divine power; provision; protection.

John 21:1 After these things Yeshua (Jesus) showed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and in this way He showed Himself.

After these things - refers to the after the resurrection.

The “Sea of Tiberias” is another name for the “Sea of Galilee”.

John 21:2-3 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I’m going fishing. They say to him, We will also go with you. They went and boarded a boat immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

So they went back to their old jobs. But not for long…

John 21:4 But when the morning had come, (Yeshua) Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Yeshua (Jesus). Then (Yeshua) Jesus said to them, Children, have ye any meat?

Notice like a Father He calls them children.

They answered him, No.

John 21:6 And He said to them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fish.

Now they could have easily refused this command, after all fishing was their profession. The fish were not on the left side of the ship; there was every reason to believe that there would not be any on the right side. They, however, obeyed the L-rd and did not question His direction. And they were rewarded for their obedience.

The “one whom Yeshua loved” is John’s way of referring to himself.

John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Yeshua (Jesus) loved said to Peter, (similar to Luke 5:9)

It is the L-rd. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the L-rd, he girt his fisher's coat to him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

Peter was so excited to see Yeshua that he could not wait until they brought the ship to shore but jumped in and swam ahead.

John 21:8 And the other disciples came in a little boat; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

They were about 300 feet, a football field length, away from the shore.

John 21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid there, and bread.

Yeshua not only provided for their spiritual needs but He provided for their physical needs as well. This shows how G-d always provides for His people.

He provided for the Israelites during the Exodus sending Manna and quails to feed them.

In the future He will provide for them when they must go into hiding from the Anti-Messiah during the last 3 1/2 years of the Daniel’s 70th Week.

Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of G-d, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Philippians 4:19 But my G-d shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Yeshua HaMashiach (Christ Jesus).

John 21:10 (Yeshua) Jesus said unto them, Bring of the fish, which you have now caught.

He gave them the credit for taking in the fish even though the fish were brought to them by G-d.

John 21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fish, and hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. (Divine power and provision - No prayer, just action: this is totally unique.)

Many consider this number 153, has also a higher meaning and the number was given for a reason. One thought is that there where this number left that continued to follow him of many. Some consider the number to also mean one third. This would be significant in future reference to Zech 13:8.

Symbolically, G-d has a certain number who will come to Him and none will be lost. (John 10:28)

To be a believer in ancient Rome was a death sentence. The symbol of the fish for your faith meant personal safety.

Interestingly, 153 from the Hebrew we can get the meaning of Koph =100; Nun =50 and 3 = Gimel

Koph - holiness; cycles of growth.

Nun - associated with faithfulness, the human soul (neshamah) and emergence. Allow G-d’s Word to be a joy to your heart.

Gimel - process which G-d makes man complete. Fruit and abundance is also implied. It can apply both nurturing and affliction.

John 21:12-17 Jesus (Yeshua) said unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples (talmidim) dared ask him, Who are you? knowing that it was the L-rd. (Yeshua) Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time that Yeshua (Jesus) showed Himself to His disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. So when they had dined, Yeshua (Jesus) said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, You love me more than these? He said unto him, Yea, L-rd; thou know that I love thee. He said to him, Feed my lambs. He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, You love me? He said to Him, Yes, L-rd; YOU KNOW that I love you. He said unto him, Feed my sheep. He said unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love thou me?

Peter (Kefa) was grieved because He said to him the third time, You love me? And he said unto Him, L-rd, you KNOW ALL THINGS (Divine power); you know that I love you. Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, Feed my sheep.

There are 3 Greek words for love.

  1. Eros - This is a romantic love, the love between a husband and wife. We get the word erotic from this Greek word.
  2. Phileo - This is a friendship kind of love. Philadelphia is the city of “Brotherly love”
  3. Agapao - This is the love G-d has for us and we are to have for Him. The kind of love a mother has for her child.

Yeshua was asking Peter “Peter Do you agapao me”? And Peter repeatedly answered “I phileo you”.

John 21:18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish."

Ruach HaKodesh leads us

John 21:19 This spoke, signifying by what death he should glorify G-d. (Divine Power - Yeshua knows all things.)

And when he had spoken this, he said unto him, Follow me. (cf: Matt. 4:18)

Do we follow the flock or the shepherd?

(Kefa would later die for Yeshua. This is how much He loved Yeshua HaMashiach. Are we afflicted for His sake? Are we willing to die for our love for Yeshua? Would we be willing to give up our lives for him?

Note Peter was afraid the night Yeshua was betrayed and denied Him 3 times. But after witnessing the resurrection and through the indwelling of Ruach HaKodesh, Peter was a bold and effective witness for Yeshua.

John 12:25 He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal

Luke 9:24-25 Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it, but whoever insists on keeping his life will lose it; and what profit is there in gaining the whole world when it means forfeiting one's self?