Breakfast by the Sea

After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”

They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”

They answered Him, “No.”

6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”

11 Simon Peter went up 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. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”–knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.

14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. — John 21:1-14.

Jesus shows Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. It happens when Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus, the Twin), Nathanael (who was from Cana in Galilee), the sons of Zebedee (James and John), and two other disciples of His are together. Simon Peter tells them he is going fishing. They want to go with him. They go out together, but that night they catch nothing.

It is early morning. Jesus stands on the beach. The disciples do not recognize Him. Jesus asks them if they have any food. They answer in the negative. He tells them to throw their net on the right side of the boat, saying that they would find some there. So, they throw the net, and are not able to pull it in because of the large number of fish.

John says to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter hears that it is the Lord, he tucks in his outer garment (for he had nothing on underneath it), and plunges into the sea. Meanwhile the other disciples come with the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they are not far from land, only about a hundred yards (about 91 m).

When they get out on the beach, they see a charcoal fire ready with fish placed on it, and bread. Jesus tells them to bring some of the fish they have just caught. Simon Peter goes aboard and pulls the net to shore. It is full of 153 large fish. Although there are so many, the net does not tear!

Jesus invites them to have breakfast. None of the disciples dare to ask Him who He is because they now know it is the Lord. Jesus comes and takes the bread and fish. He gives them to the disciples.

John records that this is the third time Jesus reveals Himself to the disciples after His resurrection.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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