John 20:1-31, 21:1-25
The Tomb Is Empty
1Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. It was still dark. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance. 2So she ran to Simon Peter and another disciple, the one Jesus loved. She said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb! We don't know where they have put him!"
3So Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4Both of them were running. The other disciple ran faster than Peter. He reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there. But he did not go in.
6Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived. He went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there. 7He also saw the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself. It was separate from the linen.
8The disciple who had reached the tomb first also went inside. He saw and believed. 9They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
10Then the disciples went back to their homes. 11But Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she cried, she bent over to look into the tomb. 12She saw two angels dressed in white. They were seated where Jesus' body had been. One of them was where Jesus' head had been laid. The other sat where his feet had been placed.
13They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"
"They have taken my Lord away," she said. "I don't know where they have put him."
14Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn't realize that it was Jesus.
15"Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who are you looking for?"
She thought he was the gardener. So she said, "Sir, did you carry him away? Tell me where you put him. Then I will go and get him."
16Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned toward him. Then she cried out in the Aramaic language, "Rabboni!" Rabboni means Teacher.
17Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me. I have not yet returned to the Father. Instead, go to those who believe in me. Tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' "
18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news. She said, "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19On the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were together. They had locked the doors because they were afraid of the Jews.
Jesus came in and stood among them. He said, "May peace be with you!" 20Then he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were very happy when they saw the Lord.
21Again Jesus said, "May peace be with you! The Father has sent me. So now I am sending you." 22He then breathed on them. He said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone's sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24Thomas was one of the Twelve. He was called Didymus. He was not with the other disciples when Jesus came. 25So they told him, "We have seen the Lord!"
But he said to them, "First I must see the nail marks in his hands. I must put my finger where the nails were. I must put my hand into his side. Only then will I believe what you say."
26A week later, Jesus' disciples were in the house again. Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came in and stood among them.
He said, "May peace be with you!" 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here. See my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
28Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
29Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen me but still have believed."
30Jesus did many other miraculous signs in front of his disciples. They are not written down in this book.31But these are written down so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. If you believe this, you will have life because you belong to him.
Jesus Does a Miracle at the Sea
1After this, Jesus appeared to his disciples again. It was by the Sea of Galilee. Here is what happened.
2Simon Peter and Thomas, who was called Didymus, were there together. Nathanael from Cana in Galilee and the sons of Zebedee were with them. So were two other disciples.
3"I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them. They said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat. That night they didn't catch anything.
4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore. But the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
5He called out to them, "Friends, don't you have any fish?"
"No," they answered.
6He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat. There you will find some fish."
When they did, they could not pull the net into the boat. There were too many fish in it.
7Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Simon Peter, "It is the Lord!"
As soon as Peter heard that, he put his coat on. He had taken it off earlier. Then he jumped into the water.
8The other disciples followed in the boat. They were towing the net full of fish. The shore was only about 100 yards away. 9When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals. There were fish on it. There was also some bread.
10Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught."
11Simon Peter climbed into the boat. He dragged the net to shore. It was full of large fish. There were 153 of them. But even with that many fish the net was not torn.
12Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast."
None of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord.
13Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them. He did the same thing with the fish. 14This was the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Jesus Takes Peter Back
15When Jesus and the disciples had finished eating, Jesus spoke to Simon Peter. He asked, "Simon, son of John, do you really love me more than these others do?"
"Yes, Lord," he answered. "You know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
16Again Jesus asked, "Simon, son of John, do you really love me?"
He answered, "Yes, Lord. You know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."
17Jesus spoke to him a third time. He asked, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?"
Peter felt bad because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He answered, "Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. 18What I'm about to tell you is true. When you were younger, you dressed yourself. You went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands. Someone else will dress you. Someone else will lead you where you do not want to go."
19Jesus said this to point out how Peter would die. His death would bring glory to God.
Then Jesus said to him, "Follow me!"
20Peter turned around. He saw that the disciple Jesus loved was following them. He was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper. He had said, "Lord, who is going to hand you over to your enemies?"21When Peter saw that disciple, he asked, "Lord, what will happen to him?"
22Jesus answered, "Suppose I want him to remain alive until I return. What does that matter to you? You must follow me."
23Because of what Jesus said, a false report spread among the believers. The story was told that the disciple Jesus loved wouldn't die. But Jesus did not say he would not die. He only said, "Suppose I want him to remain alive until I return. What does that matter to you?"
24This is the disciple who gives witness to these things. He also wrote them down. We know that his witness is true.
25Jesus also did many other things. What if every one of them were written down? I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
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