Old Testament

John 21
Breakfast With the Lord Jesus
211After this, Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. This is how he showed himself: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I'm going fishing.”
They replied, “We'll go with you.”
They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4Early in the morning, Jesus was standing on the shore, but the disciples did not know it was Jesus.
5Jesus called to them, “Boys, don't you have any fish?”
“No!” they answered.
6He told them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” So they cast the net out. Then they were not able to haul it in because of the large number of fish.
7The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard, “It is the Lord!” he tied his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the sea. 8But the other disciples came in the little boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about one hundred yards. 9When they stepped out on land, they saw some bread and a charcoal fire with fish on it. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”
11So Simon Peter climbed aboard and hauled the net to land, full of large fish, 153 of them. Yet even with so many, the net was not torn.
12Jesus said to them, “Come, eat breakfast.”
None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.
13Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them, and also the fish. 14This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
“Do You Love Me?”
15When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love[] me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I care about[] you.”
Jesus told him, “Feed my lambs.”
16A second time Jesus asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
He said, “Yes, Lord, you know that I care about you.”
Jesus told him, “Be a shepherd for my sheep.”
17He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you care about me?”
Peter was grieved because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you care about me?” He answered, “Lord, you know all things. You know that I care about you.”
“Feed my sheep,” Jesus said. 18“Amen, Amen, I tell you: When you were young, you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will tie you and carry you where you do not want to go.”
19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. After saying this, he told him, “Follow me.”
20Peter turned and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them. This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is going to betray you?” 21When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
22“If I want him to remain until I come,” Jesus answered, “what is that to you? You follow me.” 23And so it was said among the brothers that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say that he would not die, but, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?”
24This is the disciple who is testifying about these things and who wrote these things. We know that his testimony is true.
Much More
25Jesus also did many other things. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the world itself would not have room for the books that would be written.


  • 21:15 Greek agapao
  • 21:15 In verses 15–17, the uses of the Greek phileo are translated care about to distinguish from the uses of the Greek agapao, which are translated love.