ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 448


Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed
are those who believe without seeing me.”
The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the
ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue
to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing
in him you will have life by the power of his name.
Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This
is how it happened. Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter,
Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons
of Zebedee, and two other disciples.
Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”
“We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they
caught nothing all night.
At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see
who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?”
“No,” they replied.
Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat,
and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because
there were so many fish in it.
Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon
Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for
work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with
the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about
a hundred yards from shore. When they got there, they found breakfast
waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.
“Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. So Simon Peter
went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish,
and yet the net hadn’t torn.
“Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples
dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Then Jesus
served them the bread and the fish. This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead.
After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love
me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”
“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

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