The Gospel According to John

Chapter 21


The Miraculous Catch of Fish
1 After this, Jesus showed Himself again to His disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. It happened in this way: 2 Simon Peter and Thomas, called Didymus (twin), and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two more of His disciples were all together. 3 "I am going fishing," said Simon Peter to them. "We will go with you," they answered him. They went and got the boat at once. But that night they caught nothing.

4 At break of day Jesus stood on the shore. The disciples, however, did not know it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus called out to them, "Fellows, have you anything to eat?" "No," they answered Him. 6 And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." They did so - and they were not able to pull in the net because of the great catch of fish.

7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" So when Peter heard it was the Lord, he put on his coat, for he was stripped, and plunged into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in with the boat, dragging the net with the fish, for they were not far from land - only about four hundred feet.

9 When they came to land they found a charcoal fire there, and a fish lying on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught." 11 Simon Peter then sprang up and drew the net to land. It was full of fish, one hundred and fifty-three large ones! And though there were so many, the net was not torn.

12 Jesus said to them, "Come and eat." Not one of the disciples were bold enough to ask Him, "Who are You?" for they were certain it was the Lord. 13 Then Jesus went and took bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise. 14 This was the third time Jesus had shown Himself to His disciples after He had risen from the dead.

Jesus' Three-fold Question to Peter
15 When they had breakfasted, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these others do?" Peter answered Him, "Yes, Lord, You know that I love You dearly." Jesus said to him, "Feed My lambs."

16 A second time Jesus said to Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" "Yes, Lord, You know that I love You dearly," was the reply. Jesus said to him, "Be a shepherd of My sheep."

17 A third time Jesus said to Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me dearly?" Peter was grieved because He said to him a third time, "Do you love Me?" So he said to Him, "Lord, You know everything. You must know that I love You dearly." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep. 18 I tell you truly, that whereas in your youth you dressed and went about wherever you wanted to, when you become old you will stretch our your hands and someone will bind you and carry you away where you do not want to go." 19 This He said to foretell the kind of death by which Peter was to glorify God. Then, having spoken thus, He said to him, "Follow Me."

20 As Peter turned around, he saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who at the supper had leaned close to Jesus to ask, "Lord, who is it who will betray You?" 21 So when Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, but what of him?" 22 Jesus answered, "If I want him to wait until I come, what is that to you? Your business is to follow Me."

23 Hence the saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Jesus, however, had not said that he would not die, but rather, "If I want him to wait until I come, what is that to you?"

John States His Authorship of the Gospel
24 This is the disciple who gives his testimony about these matters and has written this book. We know that his testimony is true. 25 There are also many other things that Jesus did - so many, indeed, that if every one were recorded the world itself, I suppose, could not contain the books that should have been written.


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