Parent Corner | February 7, 2017
After Jesus’ resurrection and His appearance to the disciples, seven of the disciples returned to Galilee, near the Sea of Galilee where Jesus had called four of His disciples to be fishers of men. (See Luke 5:1-11.) The disciples went fishing. Perhaps they felt it reasonable to return to the fishing business since their stint as disciples was apparently over—or so they thought.
In Bible times, nighttime was the preferred time for fishing. Fish caught at night could be sold fresh in the morning at the market. But by daybreak, the disciples had caught nothing. Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not know it was Him. He called to them, “Men, you don’t have any fish, do you?” (John 21:5). Then He urged them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. They obeyed, and they were unable to haul in the big catch!
John knew right away who He was. “It is the Lord!” John exclaimed. Peter immediately tied his outer garment around him and jumped into the sea, swimming 300 feet to shore. When the other six disciples arrived in the boat, they found Jesus sitting beside a charcoal fire with fish and bread. “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus said. Jesus ate with His disciples; then He turned to Peter.
John 21:15-19 describes Peter’s restoration. The disciple who told Jesus that he would die for Him (Luke 22:31-34) had denied Jesus three times. (Luke 22:54-62) Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Jesus. Each time Peter responded yes, Jesus told Peter to feed His lambs. Jesus restored Peter to ministry.
Emphasize to your kids that Jesus’ plan for the disciples did not end with His death and resurrection.
When Jesus first called the disciples to follow Him, Jesus had promised to make them fishers of men. Instead of catching fish, they would tell people about Jesus. (Luke 5:1-11) The disciples had left Jesus when He was arrested and even denied Him, but Jesus still wanted to use them in God’s plan. Jesus is the Lord who forgives us and makes things right again.
Family Ministry Director
Family Starting Points
Psalm 148:1-5 (Look up Seeds of Praise “Praise the Lord” on Spotify or Apple Music to play in your car during the week)
Big Picture Question:
What is our mission? Our mission is to tell others about Jesus.
Bible Story: Jesus and the Doubter (John 20:24-29)
- Thomas said he would not believe Jesus was alive unless he saw and touched Him himself
- Jesus showed His hands and side to Thomas
- Thomas believed Jesus was alive.
- Jesus said people who believe without seeing are blessed.
Family Discussion Starters:
- Talk about a time your friend did not believe you or you did not believe your friend. Why did they doubt you or why did you doubt them?
- What do you believe about Jesus? Do you have any doubts about Him?
- Do you think it's ever okay to doubt?
- Why did Jesus say those who believe without seeing are blessed?
Think about a relative or friend whom your family has not seen in a long time. Send a card, make a phone call, or plan a visit to reconnect.
“Jesus Forgives and Restores” (John 21:1-19)