John 21Sea of Tiberias; the same as the sea of Galilee and the lake of Gennesaret. Mt 4:18; 26:32; 28:10; Mr 14:28; Mr 16:7. Of his disciples; Mt 4:21; 10:2-4. Our wants are to be supplied through our own voluntary and active instrumentality. Due attention to worldly concerns is required, and is acceptable to Jesus Christ. When rightly employed in secular business, men are serving him as really as when employed in religious duties, and will equally meet his approbation. Meat; the word in the original means something eaten with bread, as flesh or fish. For success in our worldly business we are dependent upon God; and whenever we receive earthly blessings it is from him, who openeth his hand and supplieth the wants of every living thing. Ps 145:15,16. That disciple; John.Was naked; without his outer garment, as was common with fishermen. Two hundred cubits; about twenty rods. A fire of coals--fish; which had been miraculously provided by the Lord. Dine; the original word was applied to a meal taken in the early part of the day. The third time; the third time that he appeared to the apostles when together. When ministers of Christ follow his directions, they will have abundant evidence of the truth of all his declarations; so that in addressing others on the great concerns of salvation, they may speak of what they know, and testify to what they have seen of the manifestations of his power and grace. More than these? more than the other disciples, as Peter had intimated that he did. Mt 26:33; Joh 13:37.Lambs; the tender and feeble followers of Christ the great and good Shepherd. Chap Joh 10:11-16. Sheep; more advanced Christians. Peter was grieved; the thrice repeated question reminded him of his thrice repeated denial of his Lord.Feed; communicate spiritual instruction and take care of their souls. Ac 20:28. The most important of all qualifications for a minister of the gospel, and for the right discharge of all duties, is love to Jesus Christ; and those who possess and rightly manifest this, may expect to be rendered eminently useful to themselves and their fellow-men. Girdedst thyself; he was at liberty to go and come at pleasure.Stretch forth thy hands; in crucifixion.Gird thee; bind thee for execution. The binding, though coming before crucifixion, is named after it. Signifying; pointing out beforehand.Follow me; in an emphatic sense, Follow me not only as my disciple, but in my crucifixion also. No ardency of devotion to the cause of Christ, and no degree of usefulness will secure his servants from great trials, or even from violent death; but no trials will come upon them except under the direction of God, and such as will best prepare them to glorify and enjoy him. Whom Jesus loved; chap Joh 13:23-26. Lord, and what shall this man do? in what way shall he die? That he tarry; that he stay on the earth and not die.Till I come; words designedly left indefinite. Our Lord's providential coming in the destruction of Jerusalem seems to have been referred to.What is that to thee? it is none of thy business, nothing about which you should concern yourself. Every man should mind his own proper business; while he should be careful not to neglect his appropriate concerns, he should be equally careful not to intermeddle with the concerns of others. Should not die; a tradition from the days of the apostles, which was not true.If I will that he tarry till I come; it was the business of Christ to direct with regard to the length of John's life, and the manner of his death, and not the business of Peter. It would do him no good to be informed, and Christ would not encourage him in making useless inquiries. This is the disciple; John, the writer of this gospel. The world itself could not contain; this is a strong expression, designed to convey the idea that if all which Christ said and did were written, the books would be very many, much too numerous for the highest usefulness to men. Men may speak and write too much, even about religion. Their usefulness depends not so much on the amount of what is spoken or written, as on its fitness and propriety. "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." Pr 25:11.
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