John 21:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 21:14, NIV: This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

John 21:14, ESV: This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

John 21:14, KJV: This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

John 21:14, NASB: This was now the third time that Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead.

John 21:14, NLT: This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead.

John 21:14, CSB: This was now the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

What does John 21:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After Jesus' crucifixion, the disciples hid in fear. And yet, the resurrected Christ was able to appear to them, in his glorified body (John 20:19, 26). Most recently, Jesus has arrived in Galilee, calling out to the disciples as they fish (John 21:1–8). Between the miracle of a netful of fish and seeing Him up close, there is no question that this is really Christ (John 21:9–13).

While Jesus had shown Himself to others (Luke 24:13–16), including the women who came to His tomb (Matthew 28:9–10), this is the third time He has appeared to a group of disciples. His purpose here is not merely to meet His followers, but to give Peter an important message (John 21:17–19).