December 28th, 2006
According to Jesus, sin is the thing which most enslaves people. People become slaves to their addictions; they become slaves to their cravings for more food or more sex or more money or more power or more fame or more possessions or more clothes or more shoes. People work long hours at work, and sacrifice everything else in their lives just to fuel their habits, their compulsive needs for more security in an uncertain world where there is no security, or more possessions when those possessions have very little real value or usefulness. Jesus claims that he can set you free from slavery to the things and people which keep you captive.
John’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 21
21:1 Later, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself this way. 21:2 Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 21:3 Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” They said, “We are coming with you, too.” They went out at once and got into the boat. That night, they caught nothing. 21:4 But when day had arrived Jesus was standing on the beach, although the disciples did not recognise that it was Jesus. 21:5 He said, “Have you got any fish?” They answered, “No.”
21:6 He said, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were unable to pull it in because of the huge number of fish. 21:7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his robe because he had not been wearing one, and leapt into the sea. 21:8 The other disciples followed in the boat, dragging the net full of fish. They were not far from the land, about one hundred metres. 21:9 When they climbed out onto land, they saw a charcoal fire with fish placed on it, and bread. 21:10 Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”
21:11 Simon Peter pulled the net onto land. It was full of one hundred and fifty-three large fish. The net was not torn even though there were so many fish. 21:12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask, “Who are you?” because they knew that it was the Lord. 21:13 Jesus came and took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. 21:14 This was the third time that Jesus had been seen by the disciples after he had risen from the dead.
21:15 When they had eaten their breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these?” He said, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 21:16 He said a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Tend my sheep.”21:17 He said a third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” Peter was upset because he asked the third time, “Do you love me?” Peter said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 21:18 I can guarantee that when you were young you dressed yourself and went where you wanted to. But when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.”
21:19 He said this to predict how he would die to glorify God. Then he said, “Follow me.” 21:20 Peter turned around and saw a disciple following them. This was the disciple Jesus loved, the one who had also leaned on Jesus’s breast at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is going to betray You?” 21:21 Peter, seeing him, asked Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”
21:22 Jesus said, “If I want him to stay until I come, what is that to you? You follow me.” 21:23 So the rumour spread amongst the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I want him to stay until I come, what is that to you?” 21:24 This is the disciple who gives evidence about these things, and wrote these things. We know that his evidence is true. 21:25 There are many other things which Jesus did, and if they were all written down I suppose that even the world itself would not have room for the books that would be written.
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