"What I see in this encounter is that Jesus twice offers Peter the opportunity to again over promise as he did at the last supper (I will NEVER deny you). And so, when Jesus asks Peter for the third time, "Do you love me?" Jesus uses "philios." In effect, accepting Peter's offer of friendship."
Season of Easter
Third Sunday of Easter
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Sermon by the Rev. Dr. George Hermanson, "The BBQ on the Beach."
This is the story of the "first breakfast."
As usual with John, it is important to not get caught up in the historical details. John wants us to see Jesus, to see the glory of God revealed in / through Jesus.
Note that this is the third time (in John) that the risen Jesus has appeared to his followers. Three signifies completion / wholeness.
I've heard it speculated (somewhere) that the number of fish, 153, signifies the number of nations / nationalities at that time.
Isn't it interesting that after having so far experienced the risen Jesus twice, Peter says, "I'm going fishing." Kinda makes you wonder which is the greater miracle: that a dead man was raised back to life; or that the male followers of Jesus finally "got it" and let the rest of us know their good news.