I woke early this morning just after 5am and made coffee and finished this year’s Bible reading of the Gospels. I was struck by these words at the end of John’s Gospel.
John seems to end the book with these verses:
John 20:30-31 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
But the continues with the text in Chapter 21 that begins:
John 21:1-5 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. 2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
Finally ending the book with:
John 21:24-25 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. 25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
I like to listen to Max McLean read the text as I follow long in my Bible. You can find a link to Chapter 21 Audio Here.
I captured what the fishing and Sea of Tiberias morning account might have looked like in a couple of pictures a few years back on our trip to Israel.