Passover to Pentecost – John 21 Week 5 Day 4
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” John 21: 5 (NIV)
This entire chapter is about Peter. It is in the Counting of the Omer time period and before Jesus’ ascension. I am going to set this on the day of the “second” Passover. One reason is it was the full moon, they could see to fish. My second reason is Peter “missed” the first one; between cutting off ears, running away, and the three denials at the High Priest house Peter needed a mulligan. What better way to do it than on the “second Passover.”
It could be that Peter was choosing his fishing business over his apostolic calling, and this was not going to be a onetime thing. The list of names in 21:2 is familiar but it was not all of the remaining Eleven. As for Jesus’s command all of the disciples should have been somewhere in Galilee.
Much has been written on the number of fish caught (153), the different words for love used by Jesus (agape) and Peter (phileo), and the variations of the questions. I want to focus on the public denial and the public reinstatement, and that Jesus was giving Peter a second chance.