The testimony of belief

John chapter 21, miracle of the catching of the fish, signs in John's Gospel.

The seven signs in John’s Gospel point to Jesus being the Christ, the Son of God, but the eighth sign feels different. Click image to enlarge.

You’ll remember from Sunday School the stories about Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. A while later, in Cana again, He healed a royal man’s son after which, beside the pool of Bethesda, a lame man. With each sign John steps it up a gear giving more “evidence that demands a verdict”. On the banks of Lake Gennesaret Jesus fed the 5,000 and then walked on water and stilled a storm. In Jerusalem, towards the end of His ministry, He healed a man who was blind from birth and finally, in chapter 11, Jesus is presented as Lord, even over death, as he raises Lazarus from the dead.

John 20:30 – 31 reads,

30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

Want to hear the verse in context? John 20
What is this about?

Seven signs in the Gospel of John all pointing to Jesus being the Christ, the Son of God. In chapter 21 there is another sign, a further sign, but I’m thinking the author’s intent is a bit different,

1 After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested {Himself} in this way. 2 Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and 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 also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.

4 But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

5 So Jesus *said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?”
They answered Him, “No.”

6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find {a catch.}” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.

7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved *said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped {for work),} and threw himself into the sea.

Want to hear the verse in context? John 21
What is this about?

Bottom line is that the whole of chapter 21 is an epilogue of sorts. It’s the testimony of belief that was the Apostle Peter’s life. And this sign is the literary canvas that John is going to use to position Peter to the reader as a Jumping, Loving, Following Christian. It’s a call to you and to me to ensure that our Christian testimony isn’t warming the pew on a Sunday but rather is a representation of the work that Christ has done in our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Take some out and read the chapter today. It’ll change your testimony. It’ll change your life.


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