- John 21:6-10
- John 21:6 (KJB)
- And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and
ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it
for the multitude of fishes.
- From the commands the Lord is giving them, it would seem they had their
nets cast on the left side. Jesus now tells them to cast the nest out on to
the right side. There is significance to the right side. The right side
would be symbolic of all the Elect of the world who would become saved.
- The sheep or the saved are placed on the right hand of Christ. -
(Mat 25:33 KJV) And he shall set the sheep on
his right hand, but the goats on the left. The goats or the unbelievers are
on the left hand side.
- The Son of man sits on the right hand of God. -
(Acts 7:56 KJV) And said, Behold, I see the
heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
- The announcement of John the Baptist to Zechariah by the angel in the
Temple. - (Luke 1:11 KJV) And there
appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the
altar of incense.
- So when Jesus commanded the disciples to cast the net on the right side
of the boat, He was directing, in a figure, the evangelism of the world and
showing where the Elect would be who needed to hear the Gospel to become
saved. At this point, Jesus is also showing that He is the Lord of Creation
as He knows exactly where the fish were. Whenever we attempt to do
evangelism without seeking the Lord, we will come up empty just like the
disciples who dropped their nets on the wrong side of the boat. When they
were obedient, they could, not even draw the net in because they were so
- John 21:7 (KJB)
- Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the
Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his
fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into
- John had now recognized that it was Jesus on the shore who had told them
to cast the nets out onto the right side of the boat. As soon as Peter knew
that it was Jesus on the shore he had put on his fishermanís coat and he was
probably not totally naked but for ease of movement, he probably was just
clothed in a loin cloth. He then jumped into the sea and swam to shore to
- John 21:8 (KJB)
- And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far
from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
- The other disciples were in a smaller boat which probably had the other
side of the net attached to it. They would have been about 300 feet from the
shore line and had to drag the full fishing nets because they could not pull
them into their boats because of the weight. Peter was probably very excited
and had forgotten about helping the other six disciples with the catch. The
fish was not Peterís concern at the moment.
- John 21:9 (KJB)
- As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there,
and fish laid thereon, and bread.
- The only other place in the book of John which speaks about a fire of
coals is found in John 18:18. (John
18:18 KJV) And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of
coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with
them, and warmed himself. Jesus was just about to
restore Peter because the first time Peter had come by a fire of coals, he
had denied the Lord. Now a fire of coals was about to bring sustenance to
him. It is not known where Jesus got the bread and the fish, but it would be
reminiscent of the feeding of the five thousand which the disciples would
easily remember. (John 6:9 KJV) There is
a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what
are they among so many?
- John 21:10 (KJB)
- Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
- Jesus is now commanding them to bring the fish to Him which they have
caught. This is also a principle of evangelism that when we proclaim the
true Gospel, we do not draw people to ourselves but we bring them to the
Lord Jesus Christ. He is the center and the one we bring the message about.
Jesus tells them to bring not all the fish but from the catch.
(Mat 22:14 KJV) For many are called, but few
are chosen. Though many fish were caught only
a few will be chosen to eat.