I. Expressed by Biblical characters

II. Exclaimed by us

John 21:1-14 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the

Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus),

Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples

were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said,

“We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they

caught nothing. 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the

disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends,

haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 He said, “Throw your net on the

right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable

to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. 7 Then the disciple whom

Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him

say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had

taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the

boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a

hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with

fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you

have just caught.” 11 Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore.

It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask

him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread

and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third

time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

In the name of Jesus Christ, who once was dead, but now is alive and victorious,

dear Christian friends,

It probably took twelve years...maybe more! Jesus’ mother Mary and her

husband Joseph burped him, changed him and raised him, but perhaps never really saw

who he was until he stayed behind in Jerusalem and explained that he had to be in his

heavenly Father’s house. It was perhaps after that event at his twelve-year-old status

when Mary and Joseph said to one another, “I can see clearly now!”


I. Expressed by Biblical characters

II. Exclaimed by us

“This one— our son!— is the one about whom the Old Testament writers

prophesied and pointed to as Savior for the Jews and Gentiles alike! He is the Messiah,

the Christ, the Anointed One! He is the one who will crush Satan and set us free from

our sins and reign over our father David’s throne forever!”

How many of the five thousand plus who ate of the five loaves of bread and two

fish and were satisfied were able to say, after just one day of being around Jesus, “I can

see clearly now!”? Who would have been more likely to spill the beans about what they

had seen even though Jesus told them not to— the deaf and mute man whom Jesus

healed or the crowd who witnessed it? How long did it take for Nicodemus, a member

of the Jewish ruling council, after his undercover-of-the-night meeting with Jesus, to be

able to say under his breath or evenutally out loud, “I can see clearly now!”? Whether it

was through Jesus’ wonderful work or a wise word, many Biblical characters were able

to see and state Jesus as their Savior because the blindfold of unbelief had been

removed and saving faith was given.

While some like Mary Magdalene, Cleopas and his companion, Peter, John and

the rest of the eleven remaining disciples may have already been thinking and saying

that Jesus was the promised Messiah before Jesus’ death on the cross when darkness

covered the whole land, it seems like they needed the light of faith turned on again in

order to see Jesus as alive and victorious!

Mary, in her lack of understanding regarding Jesus’ resurrection, initially mistook

him for the gardener, but then recognized him as the Master Teacher and could say, “I

can see clearly now!” Cleopas and the other disciple, on their way to Emmaus that first

Easter, first saw Jesus as an out-of-touch out-of-towner, but then could say, “We can

see clearly now!” after Jesus shared the Scriptures and broke the bread with them.

Peter, John and the other disciples first thought Jesus was a ghost when he appeared to

them on Easter evening, but after he ate with them and “opened their minds so they

could understand the Scriptures”, they could confidently express, “We can see clearly


In today’s reading, now more than one week after he first appeared to his

disciples, and at least one day after appearing to them with Thomas in attendance, early

in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was

Jesus. From a distance, at the dawn of a new day, it would not be easy to distinguish

faces or voices. For this reason, or because Jesus did not want them to know who he

was right away (e.g. Lk 24:16), these seven disciples could not see clearly.