Apostle Jean  Morris Sunday School Commentary

John 21 King James Version (KJV)

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

2 There 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.

3 Simon 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.

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

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

6 And 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.

7 Therefore 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.

8 And 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.

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

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

11 Simon 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.

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

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

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


A.J.M. Comments:  We want to note The clarity of geographical points. The New Testament is particularly detailed in  political influence of that day. Rome was careful to identify their power

points in this lesson we have one which is note worthy. That is, the Sea of Tiberias.

Tiberius Caesar came into power during the time of the beginning of John the Baptist’s ministry. Also, we see him noted regarding the ministry of Jesus. The body of water that was identified through his name is a way of immortalizing a person. Rome was big on protecting their legacy. Statues proved that.  The Sea of Tiberias was actually the Sea of Galilee. Jesus spent much time in that area even though he was not greatly received. He nevertheless ministered to those there

Later we see Jesus revealing himself to the disciples. Fish were caught supernaturally.  Jesus  caused the apostles to gain a great catch of fish.  After not having caught anything this acted as a sign to the Apostle's that it was the Lord.

Signs help to identify the Five in the Body. Jesus promised that the word would be confirmed with signs following. Even so we look to the Lord to work with us as he did the Apostles.  In addition,  the sign of a great catch of fish also spoke to Peter's life and

established his assignment and destiny.  Take notice that his assignment and destiny were a spiritual form of his former vocation. Let us take heed as ministers but it is the case and do as the Lord commanded feed His lambs; feed His sheep.