John 14:1-6 NKJV
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
• Jesus was saying, “Really, Thomas? Really? You don’t know the way? I am the way. I’m the full package.”
John 21:1-14 NKJV
After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 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 am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them,“Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
• John calls himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved” • Peter puts on his jacket and jumps in the water for some reason. The disciples stayed in the boat… because they weren’t far from the shore.
ONE OF THE GREATEST HUMAN NECESSITIES IS A PLACE TO FIT. • Many people don’t come to church because they don’t believe they’ll fit there. • Some churches have precipitated this by saying that they won’t fit in if they don’t look or smell right. So people end up still in the high school lunchroom trying to find a seat. • We all need to fit.
John 13-17 is the farewell discourse of Jesus. It was a Jewish custom for people to do when they knew they were about to die. This included: • Telling family about soon-coming death • Recalling His existence and journey • Passing on the baton • Speaking blessings over people
NOTE: “Troubled” in this Greek/Aramaic translation doesn’t get transliterated right in English these days. • “Troubled” here means: acutely, mentally distressed; intense emotional turbulence; your world on the inside is being shaken • Jesus telling the disciples not to be troubled is like a doctor telling you to stop coughing. • The natural response is: “How? We’re human. We fail and sin. We want to stop but can’t stop and so we can’t stay.”
So the prescription is heaven — the Father’s house. • We’re not talking about square footage in heaven. Jesus says in His Father’s family there’s plenty of room. You fit. • Then Jesus says that He wouldn’t have said it if He didn’t mean it. • You fit in the family, sit in the table and have a room down the hall.
WHATEVER GOD PREPARES TO DO, HE ALWAYS FOLLOWS THROUGH. • If he says he’s gonna make room, it means you’ll fit in it.
The answer to this distress is to remember that you still fit in His family.
Right before Jesus was crucified, He told Peter that he would deny Jesus. Peter said, “No, I won’t!” Jesus essentially says, “Dude, I’m God. I know what’s gonna happen.” Peter ends up doing exactly what Jesus said he would do (not just once but three times).
Now there are rumors that Jesus is around. Peter is probably not excited about seeing Jesus. He’s probably thinking, ”I swore I’d never do it and I did it three times.” So Peter says “I’m going fishing.” • The significance is: that’s not what Peter does anymore. Peter used to be a fisherman. That’s what God called him from. Peter went to his backup plan and what he knew. • The problem is: people followed him. The other disciples decided to go fishing with him. All of these people were called out of fishing.
Jesus shows up and asks, “How’s the escape clause working? How was the night? Did it feel good in the morning? Was it worth it?” • These are trick questions that Jesus knew the answer to. Jesus knew they didn’t catch anything. He just wanted him to acknowledge that it didn’t work.
The first word that came out of Jesus’ mouth was “Children”. That’s a relationship/family term. That is a word from a father: “You’re fishing but you’re still mine.” • Peter probably dives in with his jacket on because he’s beside himself. He knew Jesus knew what he was doing. He plunged himself in the water out of relief and love and grace because he knew Jesus was here to tell him that he still fit.
They didn’t have a prayer meeting or steps or an altar call. Instead Jesus cooks Peter food. They eat and say nothing. -While Jesus is preparing breakfast he’s telling Peter that he’s already prepared a place for him. The breakfast signified Jesus saying, “I’m your sustenance, your source, your strength—me and me alone are these things to you. I came out to where you used to be to fix you breakfast.”
WHERE YOU WENT TO GET AWAY FROM GOD IS WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO END UP MEETING GOD.
Then Jesus asks Peter if he loved Him. In this Jesus is saying, “I’ve already prepared for this.” • You only need to prepare for a sinless life. Jesus has your comeback covered. Quit trying to fix yourself.• While you feast, Jesus will fix you—not discipline or your church attendance.
Don’t go fishing. But if you do, He’ll find you. • You think He can’t get to you when your fishing. He will and he’ll remind you that you still fit.