The Secret of Service
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
The scene before us in John 21 is a familiar and popular spot, the Sea of Galilee, probably the world's most famous body of water.
It will be of interest to note those present: "Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together" (John 21:2); an interesting group that might be called the convention of problem children, each a problem in his own way.
First and foremost was Simon Peter - impulsive, impetuous, affectionate, even saying that he would lay down his life for his Lord. Thomas was also present, Thomas the magnificent skeptic, always raising some question or casting some doubt. Then there was Nathanael, a doubter at the beginning of Christ's ministry. Philip came to him and said, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote: Jesus of Nazareth!" Hearing that, Nathanael said, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" However, he went with Philip to the Lord Jesus, who said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." It was then that Nathanael made his first confession:
Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" (John 1:49)
Also in the group were James and John, to whom Jesus gave the name "sons of thunder," a name well deserved. There were two other disciples, but their names are not mentioned. And since the Holy Spirit omitted them, let us identify ourselves with them - you and me; we are the two who would probably classify as problem children at the Sea of Galilee.
This group had left Jerusalem and were there in Galilee by commandment, Christ's commandment, relayed by the women who had been at the empty tomb: "Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me" (Matthew 28:10). So here the disciples are at the Sea of Galilee.
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