Miracle of the Fish

John 21:1-14

When: This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples after the resurrection. (vs 14)

Jesus showed himself to the disciples again at the sea of Tiberias.

(The Sea of Tiberias is another name for the Sea of Galilee. Tiberias is a city on the western shore of the sea.)

Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee (James and John) and two other of his disciples were together there.

Simon Peter: I’m going fishing.

The other disciples (to Peter): We will go with you also.

They went and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. When the morning came, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not know that it was him.

Jesus: Children, do you have any meat?

The disciples: No.

Jesus: Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you shall find fish.

They cast the net on the right side of the ship. Now they were not able to pull the net into the ship, because there were so many fish in it.

John (to Peter): It is the Lord.

Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his fisher’s coat (for he was naked) and cast himself into the sea.

“Naked” probably means that Peter’s chest was bare or merely that he didn’t have on his outer garment.

The other disciples came in a little ship dragging the net with fish. They were not far from land, only about 100 yards.

As soon as they came to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.

Jesus: Bring of the fish which you have now caught.

Simon Peter went and drew the net to land. The net was full of 153 great fish. For all there were so many, yet the net was not broken.

Jesus: Come and dine.

None of the disciples dared ask him, Who are you? knowing that it was the Lord.

Then Jesus came and took bread and gave it to them, and fish also.

This is the third time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples after he was risen from the dead.