John 21

Jesus’ Appearance to the Disciples in Galilee

21:1 After this1 Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias.2 Now this is how he did so.3 21:2 Simon Peter, Thomas4 (called Didymus),5 Nathanael6 (who was from Cana7 in Galilee), the sons8 of Zebedee,9 and two other disciples10 of his were together. 21:3 Simon Peter told them, “I am going fishing.” “We will go with you,” they replied.11 They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

21:4 When it was already very early morning, Jesus stood on the beach, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 21:5 So Jesus said to them, “Children, you don’t have any fish,12 do you?”13 They replied,14 “No.” 21:6 He told them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.”15 So they threw the net,16 and were not able to pull it in because of the large number of fish.

21:7 Then the disciple whom17 Jesus loved18 said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, tucked in his outer garment (for he had nothing on underneath it),19 and plunged20 into the sea. 21:8 Meanwhile the other disciples came with the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from land, only about a hundred yards.21

21:9 When they got out on the beach,22 they saw a charcoal fire ready23 with a fish placed on it, and bread. 21:10 Jesus said,24 “Bring some of the fish you have just now caught.” 21:11 So Simon Peter went aboard and pulled the net to shore. It was25 full of large fish, one hundred fifty-three,26 but although there were so many, the net was not torn. 21:12 “Come, have breakfast,” Jesus said.27 But none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 21:13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 21:14 This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Peter’s Restoration

21:15 Then when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John,28 do you love me more than these do?”29 He replied,30 “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”31 Jesus32 told him, “Feed my lambs.” 21:16 Jesus33 said34 a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He replied,35 “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus36 told him, “Shepherd my sheep.” 21:17 Jesus37 said38 a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed39 that Jesus40 asked41 him a third time, “Do you love me?” and said,42 “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus43 replied,44 “Feed my sheep. 21:18 I tell you the solemn truth,45 when you were young, you tied your clothes around you46 and went wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will tie you up47 and bring you where you do not want to go.” 21:19 (Now Jesus48 said this to indicate clearly by what kind of death Peter49 was going to glorify God.)50 After he said this, Jesus told Peter,51 “Follow me.”

Peter and the Disciple Jesus Loved

21:20 Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them.52 (This was the disciple53 who had leaned back against Jesus’54 chest at the meal and asked,55 “Lord, who is the one who is going to betray you?”)56 21:21 So when Peter saw him,57 he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” 21:22 Jesus replied,58 “If I want him to live59 until I come back,60 what concern is that of yours? You follow me!” 21:23 So the saying circulated61 among the brothers and sisters62 that this disciple was not going to die. But Jesus did not say to him that he was not going to die, but rather, “If I want him to live63 until I come back,64 what concern is that of yours?”

A Final Note

21:24 This is the disciple who testifies about these things and has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. 21:25 There are many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written down,65 I suppose the whole world66 would not have room for the books that would be written.67