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Still creating from nothing | John 21:9-14

9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn.

12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

John 21:9-14 (ESV)

Still creating

One of the things we notice from this account is that Jesus still is creating from nothing. The disciples (and us) may have thought His miracle-working power like creating from nothing ended with His death. Yet here we clearly see that He created the fire, fish and bread out of nothing.

Let this not slip past your attention. He is God the creator and He still can create something from nothing. This is most commonly true when He creates new life from the dead each time a sinner turns to Him and is born again. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ‭‭(2 Cor ‭5:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Bring the fish

Jesus asks them to bring some of the fish over. Peter, with Samson-like strength, goes and pulls the whole net of fish! How many of you ask the same question I do: Why did Jesus ask them to bring their fish over when He already had a full breakfast prepared for them? I can only guess that Jesus wanted to mix His work and their work to supply the need.

Similar to what has been shared previously, “The multitude and the size of the fishes they caught symbolically foreshadowed the vast success of their now fast approaching ministry, and this only as a beginning of successive draughts, through the agency of a Christian ministry”  (JFB commentary)

Breaking bread

The breaking of bread and eating breakfast together undoubtedly brought back memories of “the old days”. Jesus wanted to send a message of love and fellowship and care.


  • Let us be reminded that Jesus is still a God of miracles and bringing something from nothing. He’s the God of the impossible. Be courageous to ask Him for the impossible, according to His will. Ask for more than you can ask or imagine.
  • Look for Jesus’ work in your life to show His love and care.
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