Saint John, Brad Jesus, Simon Peter discussed on The Lutheran Hour
Christ to the nations and the nations to the church. Thank you for your faithful support. The Reverend Ryan to Nettie is pastor of trinity Lutheran church Arcadia, Michigan. Now, here's pastor today. He is risen he is risen indeed a Louis. The motto of the New York Times is all the news that's fit to print when I was in high school. I worked on the school paper. And our motto was our own kind of spin on this. We said that all the news that fits we print. It's funny Saint John and his gospel. He actually says something closer to my high school's motto. He says that there are also many other things that Jesus did. And we're everyone of them to be written. I suppose that the world itself could not contain the. Books that would be written. In other words, John saying that what he includes in his account is only the tip of the iceberg, the signs that Jesus did the words that he spoke there enough to fill up all of the world's libraries, and then some. Which raises kind of an interesting question because sometimes John will include these curious little details. The details that you might not think would make the cut in a narrative that he himself admits is only a small slice of a much much larger pie. Well, there's one of those curious little details in the passage that we're looking at today. It's in John chapter twenty one versus one through fourteen and I want to read it for you. Now after this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Taibbi areas, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter Thomas called the twin Nathaniel of Qena in Galilee. The sons of Sabah and two others of his disciples were together Simon Peter says to them I'm going fishing, and they say to him we're going with you. They went out and got into the boat that night they caught nothing just as day was breaking Jesus stood on the shore yet the disciples. Did not know that it was Jesus then she's assess to them children. You don't have any fish, do you. They answered him. Nope. He said to them cast the net on the right side of the boat and you'll find some so they cast it and now they weren't able to draw in because of the quantity of fish. And so that disciple whom Jesus loved says to Peter the Lord Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord he put on his outer garment free was stripped for work and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat dragging the net full of fish for. They were not far from the land. But about one hundred yards off. When they got out on land. They see a charcoal fire in place with fish laid out on it. And Brad Jesus says to them bring some of the fish that you just caught till Simon Peter went aboard and drew the net ashore full of large fish one hundred and fifty three of them. And although there were so many the net was not torn Jesus says to them come and have breakfast another disciples dared. Ask him who are you? They knew it was the Lord Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them. And so with the fish, this is now the third time that she's this was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the debt. This is the gospel of the Lord craze to you. Oh christ. Now, did you catch the curious little detail? John makes it a point to say that the disciples netted off hundred and fifty three large fish, not a whole lot of fish or not even know one hundred fifty or so precisely a hundred and fifty three large fish. Why would he contain and include this Monday little bit of information? Well, you might be thinking. Well, okay. That's kind of weird. But so what they caught a bunch of fish John included. Just how many there were and we move on. But listen, that's not the way that Saint John works. If he took the trouble to record this detail in his already packed small slice of the giant pie narrative. He must have seen some meaning in it. And in fact, I think that there is a profound purpose to it a purpose. That speaks to the significance of the gospel in your life and in mind. Okay. So then what why this one hundred and fifty three why include that? Well, might be might be the John mentions that they caught one hundred and fifty three fish because they caught one hundred fifty three fish other words, it's just a matter of accurate reporting simple as that there's one biblical commentator. He points out. The John does have a love of exactness and a readiness to supply numerical detail, you think of John mentioning that there were six water jars at the wedding at Qena or the fact that Lazarus was in the tomb for four days, it's possible that John's just being a good journalist. He wanted to get his details. Right. It's possible. But it's one thing to count up a half dozen barrels or remember, you know, how many days somebody had been dead before they came back to life. And it's quite another thing to count up the exact number of fish that you caught especially when it's such a large and seemingly random number now. Don't get me wrong here. Okay. John is giving us accurate reporting. They did actually catch one hundred and fifty three fish. He's not just telling a fish story. Okay. Sorry. I couldn't resist saying that. I don't think that this tells the whole story by including this number at all it's like John is underlying it for us. He's putting it in bold and saying pay attention to this. So there's gotta be something more going on here. Well, others have said, okay. Okay. Well, maybe the number one hundred fifty three has a hidden symbolic. Meaning this was actually the case for a lot of early Christians of Saint Augustine, for example, this towering. In the early church a theologian in the fourth century. This is what he.