Then Jesus said to them, Little children, you do not have any fish to eat, do you? They answered Him, No.
We may compare 21:5 with Luke 24:41-43. When the disciples were in the right position, as in Luke 24:41-43, they had—even inside the house—more fish than they needed, and they offered a piece to the Lord. But here they were in a backslidden condition. Thus—even on the seashore—after fishing the entire night, they had no fish, not even one piece. Not only did they have nothing to offer the Lord; they had nothing with which to feed themselves. The Lord asked them if they had any fish to eat, and they said, “No.”