Jesus and the 2nd Miraculous Catch of Fish
Free online resources based on the second miraculous catch of fish after the resurrection of Jesus. This miracle can be found in the Gospel of John. See below for links to sermons, stories and entertaining sites for this important story.
When daybreak came, Jesus stood on the shore. However, the disciples did not know it was Jesus.
“Men,” Jesus called to them, “you don’t have any fish, do you?”
“No,” they answered. — John 21:4-5 HCSB
2nd Miraculous Catch of Fish – Summary
After the resurrection, but before the ascension of Jesus, the disciples weren’t quite sure what to do. You see this in John’s Gospel where Peter, John and few other disciples decided to go fishing one night in the Sea of Galilee. In the clear waters, fishing was impossible during the day since the fish would see the nets and flee.
They fished all night long, but caught nothing. These were professional fishermen from their youth. They knew all the right places to go and the correct techniques. They utilized the very best human knowledge and experience possible, but still came up empty.
Early in the morning as they headed for the shore, they met a stranger on the beach.
The man asked, “Young men, did you catch any fish?”
The disciples answered that they had not caught anything.
The man responded, “Throw out your net on the right side of the boat and you will catch some fish.”
Now these were fishing veterans that knew better than to waste their time fishing in the daytime. But based on the word of a stranger, they threw a net out on the right side of the boat. Almost immediately it filled with fish to the point they could barely lift it.
It was at this point that John realized who the stranger was. He turned to Peter and said it was the Lord. Some of the disciples had witnessed a similar miracle where Jesus had filled two boats with fish during the daytime (Luke 5:1-11).
As soon as Peter heard that it was Jesus, He put his clothes back on, jumped into the water, and swam to the shore. The rest of the disciples followed, dragging the net of fish behind them. They had caught 153 very large fish, but the net did not tear.
When they reached shore, they saw that Jesus had a fire going with fish and bread cooking. He told them to bring some of the fish they had caught. Once on the beach all the disciples now recognized that it was Jesus.
Note that they worked all night, and yet produced nothing. But when they obeyed the Word of God, they couldn’t keep the fish away. The Blessing is the love of God manifested in your life. And this miracle is a wonderful demonstration of God’s goodness, and the Blessing in action.
One of the most precious post-resurrection moments took place during this breakfast encounter. It was here that Jesus restored Peter, giving him a chance to confess his love for Jesus three times, reversing his three denials. You can read the whole story in John 21 below.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. — John 21:6 NIV
Read the 2nd Miraculous Catch of Fish story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:
2nd Miraculous Catch of Fish – John 21
Additional 2nd Miraculous Catch of Fish Resources
Breakfast On The Beach – Lesson ideas for kids
Jesus Makes A Fire By The Lake – Easy-to-read story from John 21
The Big Catch – A fictional children’s short story and paraphrase of the miracle
Jesus Helps Catch Fish – Activity and coloring pages
What Is The Significance Of The 153 Mentioned In John 21 – A brief blog post on the 153 fish caught
Christ By The Sea Of Tiberias – A lengthy exposition by A. W. Pink 1886-1952
The Miraculous Catch Of Fish – A bog about allowing God in every area of life based on John 21
John 21:1-19 – Additional resources
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