Thoughts and questions, w. b. 26/4/20
We have just had John’s first and second appearances of Jesus to the disciples. These were really special times for the disciples as they met with the risen Jesus. And then they have to return to what could be termed ‘normal’ life.
- What sort of ‘mountain-top’ Christian experiences have you had?
- What was it that made this/these times so special for you?
- How did you feel when you returned from the mountain-top?
- Why do you think the disciples had returned to the boats? – v1-3
Maybe they had become ‘rusty’ or maybe it was effectively engineered by Jesus/God, but whatever the cause, the fishermen caught no fish that night. But then Jesus intervenes and turns their disappointment into a success.
- Have you ever experienced Jesus turn around a situation for you?
In a way prayer is like this. We pray, God hears and answers.
- What examples of answered prayer can you remember?
- Do you think there is any significance in the a) fish, b) bread, or c) fire that Jesus had on the beach? – v9
- Why do you think that Jesus didn’t bring enough fish Himself?
- What are the different miracles that John is drawing our attention to within this story?
- Peter is singled out by John (see v3, 7, 11). Why could this be?
- Jesus took some of their fish. What sorts of things could you say Jesus (or God) has taken of yours in order to bless others? In my sermon I bring in the gifts of the Spirit to offer a Spiritual answer, but there may be practical ones too.