Jesus and the miraculous catch of fish
1Afterwards Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.# It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as 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.
4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus.
5He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’
‘No,’ they answered.
6He 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.
7Then 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 round him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred metres. 9When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ 11So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Jesus reinstates Peter
15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’
‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’
Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.’
16Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’
He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.’
Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’
17The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’
Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep. 18Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.’ 19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me!’
20Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is going to betray you?’) 21When Peter saw him, he asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’
22Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.’ 23Because of this, the rumour spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?’
24This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Footnotes for the Book of John
a 4 The Greek for Woman does not denote any disrespect.
b 17 Psalm 69:9
c 23 Or in him
a 9 Or do not use dishes Samaritans have used
a 7 Greek two hundred denarii
b 19 Or about 5 or 6 kilometres
c 31 Exodus 16:4; Neh. 9:15; Psalm 78:24,25
d 45 Isaiah 54:13
e 63 Or are Spirit; or are spirit
a 28 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.
b 38 Or presence. Therefore do what you have heard from the Father.
c 39 Some early manuscripts ‘If you are Abraham’s children,’ said Jesus, ‘then
a 9 Or kept safe
b 22 That is, Hanukkah
c 29 Many early manuscripts What my Father has given me is greater than all
d 34 Psalm 82:6
a 5 Greek three hundred denarii
b 8 See Deut. 15:11.
c 13 A Hebrew expression meaning ‘Save!’ which became an exclamation of praise
d 13 Psalm 118:25,26
e 15 Zech. 9:9
f 32 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.
g 38 Isaiah 53:1
h 40 Isaiah 6:10
a 1 Or Believe in God
b 7 Some manuscripts If you really knew me, you would know
c 17 Some early manuscripts and is
a 6 Greek your name
b 11 Or Father, keep them faithful to
c 12 Or kept them faithful to
d 17 Or them to live in accordance with
e 26 Greek your name
a 24 Psalm 22:18
b 26 The Greek for Woman does not denote any disrespect.
c 36 Exodus 12:46; Num. 9:12; Psalm 34:20
d 37 Zech. 12:10
a 1 Greek Tiberias
b 2 Thomas (Aramaic) and Didymus (Greek) both mean twin.