A TEST OF YOUR LOVE
JOHN 21: 1 - 17
I.A FUTILE FISHING TRIP
Jesus Christ stood on the shores of Galilee and made inquiry
about the success His apostles were having fishing.
Their frustrated response was followed by His constructive
instruction. Success followed which caused them to recognize
Peter swam ashore before the others. This experience was a
living enactment that without Him they could do nothing.
II.A FRIENDLY FIRESIDE TREAT
Jesus said "unto them come and dine" (vs. 12). The expression
"unto them" is dative of advantage, meaning it was to their
advantage to do as invited. In the Greek text "come" is a
participle of exhortation. It is the strongest word of
instruction He could use. It is plural and thus is an
invitation to all of the Apostles. The appeal to "dine" is in
the imperative mod noting it as a command. It is aorist tense,
inferring it was to have future results. The active voice
stresses that each must do it himself.
"Durst" is an old English word meaning dared. They didn't dare
who Jesus was because they knew.
There is significant symbolism involved in the menu.
Christ had a fire built. Fire always speaks of judgment. Jesus
pictorially walked to the fire, typifying the fact of going to
Calvary to take our judgment.
He had provided bread. This substance had always been usedto
signify basic provisions. Christ "gave" it to them. This is
emblematic of His provisions for us. His provisions make us
He had also made available fish. They always characterize
Judgement always comes first. The ...
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