John 21 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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Jesus Appears to Seven Followers
21 1Later, Jesus showed himself to his followers. This was by Lake Tiberias (Galilee).
This is how it happened: 2Some of the followers were together. They were Simon Peter,
Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the two sons of Zebedee,
and two other followers. 3Simon Peter said, "I am going out to fish." The other
followers said, "We will go with you." So all the followers went out and got into
the boat. They fished that night but caught nothing. 4Early the next morning Jesus
stood on the shore. But the followers did not know it was Jesus. 5Then Jesus said
to the followers, "Friends, have you caught any fish?" The followers answered, "No."
6Jesus said, "Throw your net into the water on the right side of your boat. You
will find some fish there." So the followers did this. They caught so many fish
that they could not pull the net back into the boat. 7The follower that Jesus loved
said to Peter, "That man is the Lord (Jesus)!" Peter heard him say, "That man is
the Lord." Peter put his coat around himself. (Peter had taken his clothes off
[to work].) Then he jumped into the water. 8The other followers went to shore in
the boat. They pulled the net full of fish. They were not very far from shore,
only about 100 yards. 9When the followers stepped out of the boat and onto the shore,
they saw a fire of hot coals. There were fish on the fire and some bread there too.
10Then Jesus said, "Bring some of the fish that you caught." 11Simon Peter went
into the boat and pulled the net to the shore. It was full of big fish. There were
153. The fish [were very heavy], but the net did not tear. 12Jesus said to them,
"Come and eat." None of the followers would ask him, "Who are you?" They knew he
was the Lord. 13Jesus walked to the food. He took the bread and gave it to them.
Jesus also got the fish and gave it to them. 14This was now the third time Jesus
showed himself to his followers after he was raised from death.
Jesus Talks to Peter
15When they finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do
you love me more than these [other men love me]?" Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you
know that I love you." Then Jesus said to Peter, "Take care of my lambs.*" 16Again
Jesus said to Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter answered, "Yes,
Lord, you know that I love you." Then Jesus said to Peter, "Take care of my sheep.*"
17A third time Jesus said, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was sad because
Jesus asked him three times, "Do you love me?" Peter said, "Lord, you know everything.
You know that I love you!" Jesus said to Peter, "Take care of my sheep.* 8I tell
you the truth. When you were young, you tied your own belt and went where you wanted.
But when you are old, you will put out your hands and another person will tie you.
That person will lead you where you don't want to go." 19(Jesus said this to show
how Peter would die to give glory to God.) Then Jesus said to Peter, "Follow me!"
20Peter turned and saw the follower that Jesus loved walking behind them. (This
was the follower that had leaned against Jesus at the supper and said, "Lord, who
will turn against you?") 21When Peter saw this follower behind them he asked Jesus,
"Lord, what about him?" 22Jesus answered, "Maybe I want him to live until I come.
That should not be important to you. You follow me!" 23So a story spread among the
brothers (followers). They were saying that this follower [that Jesus loved] would
not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die. He only said, "Maybe I want
him to live until I come. That should not be important to you." 24That follower
is the one that is telling these things. He is the one that has now written these
things. We know that what he says is true. 25There are many other things that Jesus
did. If every one of these things were written down, I think the whole world would
not be big enough for all the books that would be written.
Footnotes: lambs,sheep Jesus uses these words to mean his followers, as in Jn. 10.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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