John 21 Bible Study for May 12, 2021


KJV – Pure Cambridge
1 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.

1. Where is the Sea of Tiberias? Who was there at the Sea?

2. What did Peter say? Do we know why? How far out did they go? Did they catch any fish?

3. Who then appeared and stood on the shore? What did He say to those fishing in the boat?

4. What happened when they listened to Jesus and threw the net out on the right side of the boat?

5. How was what happened an indicator that it was Jesus on the shore? Cf. Luke 5:4ff.

6. What did the Apostle John (or the disciple whom Jesus loved) say to Peter when their net was filled?

7. What did Peter do when John told him that it was the Lord?

8. What did the disciples see when they came to shore? What did Jesus have cooking over the fire? What did He ask them to do? How was this also an indicator that it was Jesus? Cf. John 6:1ff.

9. How many fish did the disciples catch? What was amazing about them bringing ashore such a big catch?

10. Did the disciples need to ask Jesus who He was? Why?

11. What did Jesus do for His disciples?

12. How many times had Jesus now appeared to His disciples after His resurrection from the dead?

KJV – Pure Cambridge
15 ¶So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. 20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? 21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. 23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? 24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. 25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

13. After Jesus and the disciples had eaten, what did Jesus ask Peter? How many times? Why was Peter grieved by this? (Is Peter the son of Jonah or the son of John? TR has Jonas and WH/UBS has John.)

14. How did Peter answer Jesus? What did Jesus commission Peter to do?

15. Whose are the sheep and the lambs?

16. Is there a significant difference in the Greek words behind the words “love” in these verses? How about the difference between feeding and tending?

17. Why was it important that Jesus ask Peter this three times and recommission Peter three times? Cf. Luke 24:54-62.

18. What did Jesus say would happen to Peter for being a disciple and apostle of Jesus? Did Jesus’ words help in preparing Peter for what would happen to Him as a follower of Jesus?

19. What does Peter then ask Jesus? How did Jesus answer Peter? How did people understand these words? What does John say these words meant?

20. Should we worry about what others may or may not suffer for Christ or focus on following Jesus where He leads us?

21. What does John say in v. 24? Of what do these words assure us? Cf. John 19:35.

22. How does John conclude his gospel? Why did John write the things he did? Cf. John 20:30-31; 1 John 1:1-4.