21:1 After these things 1 Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he [himself].
(1) In that Christ is not only present here but
also eats with his disciples, he gives a most full assurance of his
Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now
when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt [his] fisher's a
coat [unto him], (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
(a) It was a linen garment which prevented him
from swimming freely.
2 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to
Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith
unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my
(2) Peter by this triple confession is restored
into his former position from where he fell by his triple denial: and
furthermore it is proclaimed that he is indeed a pastor, who shows his love to
Christ in feeding his sheep.
21:17 He saith unto him the
b third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas,
lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time,
Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou
knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
(b) It was appropriate that he that had denied
him three times should confess him three times, so that Peter might neither
doubt the forgiveness of his grievous sin, nor his being restored to the
office of the apostleship.
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou c
girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be
old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall d
gird thee, and carry [thee] whither thou wouldest e
(3) The violent death of Peter is foretold.
(c) Those that took long trips, especially in the
east and in those places where the people used long garments, needed to be
girded and fastened up.
(d) He meant that kind of girding which is used
with captives, when they are bound fast with cords and chains, as one would
say, "Now you gird yourself as you think best, to go where you want to
go, but the time will come when you will not gird yourself with a girdle, but
another will bind you with chains, and carry you where you would not."
(e) Not that Peter suffered anything for the
truth of God against his will, for we read that he came with joy and gladness
when he returned from the council where he was whipped, but because this will
comes not from the flesh, but from the gift of the Spirit who is given to us
from above, therefore he shows that there should be a certain striving and
conflict or repugnancy, which also is in us, in all our sufferings as touching
21:19 This spake he, signifying by f
what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto
him, Follow me.
(f) That is, that Peter would die by a violent
Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which
also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth
(4) We must take heed that while we cast our eyes
upon others that we do not neglect that which we are commanded to do.
5 This is the disciple which testifieth
of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
(5) The history of Christ is truly and cautiously
written: not for the curiosity of men, but for the salvation of the godly.