Gospel of John, chapter 21
Breakfast by the Sea - Jesus Restores Peter - The Beloved Disciple and His Book
Gospel of John, chapter 21 After these things He showed Himself again Jesus to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias; and He showed Himself in this way. They were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called the Twin, and Nathanael the one from Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and others of His disciples two in number. He said to them Simon Peter; I am going fishing. They said to him; we are also going with you. They went out and ascended into the boat immediately, and that night they caught nothing. But when morning already had become Jesus stood on the shore; yet they did not know the disciples that it was Jesus. Then He said to them Jesus; Children, have you any food? They answered Him; No. And He said to them; Cast on the right side of the boat the net, and you will find some. So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of the fish. He said therefore that disciple, whom He loved Jesus, to Peter; It is the Lord. Now Simon Peter when he heard that it was the Lord, the outer garment he put on; for he was naked; and plunged himself into the sea; the other disciples however in the little boat they came; for they were not far from the land, but in cubits about two hundred, dragging the net of the fish. Then as soon as they had come to the land, they saw a fire of coals being there and fish laid on it and bread. He said to them Jesus; Bring some of the fish which you have just caught. He went up Simon Peter and dragged the net to land, full of large fish one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many the net was not broken. He said to them Jesus; Come and eat breakfast. Yet none dared of the disciples to ask Him who are You, knowing that the Lord He was. He then came Jesus and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise. This is already the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. So when they had eaten breakfast, He said to Simon Peter Jesus; Simon son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him; Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him; Feed My lambs. He said to him again a second time; Simon son of Jonah, do you love Me? He said to Him; Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him; Tend My sheep. He said to him the third time; Simon son of Jonah, do you love Me? Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, Do you love Me, and he said to Him; Lord, You know all things, You know that I love You. He said to him Jesus; Feed My sheep. Most assuredly I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you, and carry you where you do not wish. This He spoke signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when this He had spoken He said to him; follow Me. Then turning around Peter saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned at the supper on His breast and said; Lord, who is the one who betrays You? Him seeing Peter said to Jesus; Lord, what about him? He said to him Jesus; If him I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me. Then it went out this saying among the brethren that this disciple would not die; Yet He did not say to him Jesus that he would not die, but If him I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? This is the disciple who testifies of these things and wrote these things, and we know that is true his testimony. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world could not contain the written books. Amen.