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Do You Love Me?

 John 21:15-25 

Many sermons have been taught about this passage.

Jesus dined with some of the disciples by the Sea of Galilee, eating fish and bread. After they had eaten, Jesus spoke to Simon Peter.

Jesus: Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me more than these? 

Peter: Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. 

Jesus: Feed my lambs. 

Jesus (the second time): Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? 

Peter: Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. 

Jesus: Feed my sheep.

Jesus (the third time): Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? 

Peter was grieved because Jesus said to him the third time, Do you love me? 

Peter: Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. 

Jesus: Feed my sheep. Truly, when you were young, you dressed yourself, and walked where you would go: but when you shall be old, you shall stretch forth your hands and another shall dress you and carry you where you would not go.

This Jesus spoke, signifying by what death Peter should glorify God. 

Jesus: Follow me. 

Turning around, Peter saw John following, who had leaned on Jesus’ breast at the last supper and asked, Lord, who is he that betrays you? 

Peter (to Jesus): Lord, and what shall John do? 

Jesus: If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to you? Follow me. 

Then this saying went abroad among the brethren, that John should not die. Yet Jesus did not say to Peter, “He shall not die” but “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to you?”

John is the disciple who testifies of these things and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. 

And there are also many other things which Jesus did. If every one should be written, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

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The Miracle of the Fish 

John 21:1-14 

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias.

The Sea of Tiberias is another name for the Sea of Galilee. 

Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two other of his disciples were together there. 

Simon Peter: I go a fishing.

The other disciples (to Peter): We go with you also. 

They went forth and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. When the morning was come, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 

Jesus: Children, do you have any meat? 

The disciples: No. 

Jesus: Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you shall find fish. 

They cast the net and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. 

John (to Peter): It is the Lord. 

Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his fisher’s coat (for he was naked) and cast himself into the sea. 

“Naked” may mean Peter’s chest was bare or merely that he didn’t have on his outer garment.

The other disciples came in a little ship dragging the net with fish. They were not far from land, about 100 yards.

As soon then as they came to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 

Jesus: Bring of the fish which you have now caught.

Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land. The net was full of 153 great fish. For all there were so many, yet the net was not broken. 

Jesus: Come and dine. 

None of the disciples dared ask him, Who are you? knowing that it was the Lord. 

Then Jesus came and took bread and gave it to them, and fish also. 

This is the third time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples after he was risen from the dead.

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John 20:24-31. Thomas Did Not Believe (vs 24-29), The Purpose of John’s Gospel (vs 30-31) 

Thomas Did Not Believe (vs 24-29) 
Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with the other disciples when Jesus came. 

The other disciples (to Thomas): We have seen the Lord. 

Thomas: Except I shall see the print of the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 

After eight days his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.

Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst. 

Jesus: Peace be to you. 

Jesus (to Thomas): Reach your finger here, and behold my hands; and reach your hand here, and thrust it into my side: and do not be faithless, but believing. 

Thomas: My Lord and my God. 

Jesus: Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed. 

The Purpose of John’s Gospel (vs 30-31) 
And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.

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The Apostles Saw Jesus

Mark 16:13-14, Luke 24:33-49 and John 20:19-23

Luke 24:33-35 

And the two, who spoke to Jesus on the road to Emmaus, rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them. 

The two: The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon.

And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. 

Mark 16:13 They did not believe them. 

Luke 24:36-40 

And as they thus spoke, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them.

Jesus: Peace be to you. 

But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 

Jesus: Why are you troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have. 

And when he had spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet. 

Mark 16:14 And he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen. 

John 20:20-23 

Then the disciples were glad, when they saw the Lord. 

Jesus: Peace be to you. As my Father has sent me, even so send I you. 

And when he had said this, he breathed on them. 

Jesus: Receive the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins you remit, they are remitted to them; and whose soever sins you retain, they are retained.

Luke 24:41-49 

They did not yet believed for joy, and they wondered. 

Jesus: Have you any meat here?

And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish and of a honeycomb. 

And he took it and did eat before them. 

Jesus: These are the words which I spoke to you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 

Then Jesus opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.

Jesus: Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until you are endued with power from on high.

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The Road to Emmaus

 Luke 24:13-32 
Two of them went that same day (that Jesus rose from the grave) to a village called Emmaus, which was about sixty furlongs from Jerusalem. (7 1/2 miles)

And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 

While they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 

Jesus: What manner of communications are these that you have one to another, as you walk, and are sad? 

Cleopas: Are you a stranger in Jerusalem and have not known the things which have come to pass there in these days? 

Jesus: What things? 

Both: Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. And certain women of our company, who were early at the tomb, made us astonished. And when they did not find his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them who were with us went to the tomb and found it even so as the women had said: but they did not see him. 

Jesus: O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 

And they drew near the village, where they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him. 

Both: Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. 

And he went in to tarry with them. As he sat at the table with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and broke, and gave to them.  

And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 

One to another: Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

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Burial of Jesus

Found in Matthew 27:57-66, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56 and John 19:38-42

Luke 23:50-51 

There was a man named Joseph, a counsellor. He was a good and just man. (Joseph had not consented to the counsel and deed they had done). He was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews. He also waited for the kingdom of God. 

Mark 15:42 When evening was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 

John 19:38 Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. 

Mark says Joseph “went in boldly to Pilate and craved the body of Jesus.”

Mark 15:44-46

Pilate marveled that Jesus was already dead. Calling to him the centurion, he asked the centurion whether Jesus had been dead any while. And when he knew it of the centurion, Pilate gave the body to Joseph. 

And he bought a fine linen.

John 19:39-40 

And there came also Nicodemus, who at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds in weight. 

Then Joseph and Nicodemus took the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 

Matthew 27:60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock (wherein never man before was laid – Luke): and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. 

Mark 15:47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses (sitting over against the sepulchre – Matthew) beheld where he was laid. 

Luke 23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. 

Matthew 27:62-66 

Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate. 

Chief priests and Pharisees: Sir, we remember what that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Therefore command that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say to the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. 

Pilate: You have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. 

So they went and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone and setting a watch.

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