Sunday School Perspective:
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of John, Chapter 21: Verses 1-14 and it offers study about the disciples post resurrection appearance of Jesus Christ.
Key Verse: “Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.” John 21:12 KJV: This verse reveals that after being invited to dine the disciples thought that Jesus was present with them.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Apr. 8, 2018 is “Taking Directions?” and the lesson offers insight into the value of being able to understand and follow God’s directions.
The objective for students and readers is to acknowledge the presence of the Lord readily and follow Him direction daily.
Ineffective Endeavor (John 21:1-3)
The lesson unfolds sometime after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is significant that some of the disciples have decided to return to their occupation before they were call into service for the Lord. The leader seems to be Simon Peter and others set out to fish in the sea of Tiberias. Surprisingly they had no success in catching any fish. “After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. 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. 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.” (Verses 1-8)
Accepting Guidance (John 21:4-9)
It is important in these verses that Jesus has the natural ability to just be present at any given time. He approached the men the next morning inquiring if they had caught any fish? The answer being NO, He offered them his guidance and surprisingly they were successful. During the encounter and results the disciples realize that they were in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is vital to possess the ability of obedience and move forward. The disciples were perhaps expecting reprimand and displeasure from Jesus, but instead he prepared food that was shared in love and acceptance. “But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. 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. 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. 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. As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.” (Verses 4-9)
Comprehend Blessings (John 21:10-14)
These verses emphasize that the disciples were blessed because Jesus knew their needs and provided for their nourishment and He encouraged them to bring what they had to add to assist. We must rely on God’s Word and allow Him to supply our needs as we pursue Him: BECAUSE HE LIVES! “Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, and hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.” (Verses 10-14)
PRAISE THE LORD.