Jesus Appears to His Apostles in Galilee
(1) Later Jesus appeared again to his disciples by Lake Galilee. It happened this way: (2) Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus, the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, James and John the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were all together. (3) Simon Peter said them, “I’m going fishing.” The others said, “We’re going with you.” So they got into the boat and fished all night, but they did not catch any fish.
A Miraculous Catch of Fish
(4) As the sun was rising early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore of Lake Galilee, but the disciples did not recognize him. (5) Jesus shouted to them, “Friends, haven’t you caught any fish?” They said, “No!” (6) Jesus said, “Throw your net to the right side of the boat and you will catch fish.” When they did what Jesus said, they caught so many fish that they could not bring their net into the boat. (7) Then the disciple whom Jesus loved (probably the apostle John) said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he wrapped his outer garment (cloak) around him (for he had taken it off to fish) and jumped into the water. (8) The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, because they were about 100 yards (90 meters) from the shore.
(9) When they landed, they saw fish being cooked on a charcoal fire and some bread. (10) Jesus said to them, “Bring me some of the fish you have caught.” (11) So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net onto the shore. The net was full of 153 large fish, but it did not tear. (12) Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” For they knew it was the Lord. (13) Jesus took the bread and fish and gave it to them.
(14) This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection from the dead.
Jesus Speaks to Peter
(15) After they had finished eating, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than the other disciples?” Peter said, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Feed my young sheep.”
(16) Again Jesus asked, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter said, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” (17) Jesus asked Peter a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was sad because Jesus had asked him three times whether he loved him. He said, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
(18) “I tell you the truth: When you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted to go. But when you are old you will stretch out your hands for help, and other people will dress you and will take you where you do not want to go.” (19) Jesus said this to reveal the kind of death (possibly crucifixion) by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to Peter, “Follow me!”
(20) Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved (the apostle John) was following them. This was the disciple who had leaned back against Jesus at the Passover meal and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?” (21) When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what is going to happen to him?” (22) Jesus said, “What is it to you if I want him to stay alive until I come again? You just follow me!”
(23) Because of Jesus’ statement, a rumor spread among the believers that this disciple (the apostle John) would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “What is it to you if I want him to stay alive until I come again?”
The Eyewitness Testimony of the Apostle John
(24) This is the disciple (the apostle John) who testifies to all these things, and who has written them down. We know that his eyewitness testimony is true! (25) Jesus did many other things as well, but if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.