John 21:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 21:1, NIV: Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way:

John 21:1, ESV: After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.

John 21:1, KJV: After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.

John 21:1, NASB: After these things Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He revealed Himself in this way:

John 21:1, NLT: Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened.

John 21:1, CSB: After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way:

What does John 21:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

To this point, the resurrected Jesus has made at least three specific appearances to a group of disciples (John 20:19, 26). In another encounter, with women at His tomb (Matthew 28:9–10), Jesus passed along instructions for the disciples to meet Him in Galilee. John typically uses the term "Galilee" to refer to the region, and the name "Sea of Tiberias" for the water (John 6:1).

Peter is one of seven disciples in a group who will go out fishing (John 21:2–3). As they are waiting for Christ to arrive, their trip is either out of boredom, or normal work to earn money. Their lack of success, in a sense, reaffirms that their days of catching fish are over (John 21:3). Jesus called them to be fishers of men, instead (Matthew 4:19; John 21:4).