Lake Tiberias

Sometime after this, Jesus met with seven of his closest friends at Lake Tiberias in Galilee (224).

Peter, Thomas, Bartholomew (also called Nathanael), James & John (the sons of Zebedee), and two other friends of Jesus had gone out fishing together.  They fished all night, but they didn’t catch a thing.

As the sun was rising, Jesus stood at the water’s edge, but his friends didn’t recognize him. He asked if they had caught any fish, and he was told they hadn’t.

“Throw your net out on the right side of the boat, and you’ll catch some,” Jesus said.  So they threw the net out, but they couldn’t pull it back in because they had caught so many fish!

Then John, remembering that Jesus had done this before, said to Peter, “It’s Jesus!”  When Peter heard that, he jumped into the water to swim to shore, about a hundred yards away.


The others came to shore in the boat, pulling the net full of fish. When they were all ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there with fish on it and some bread.

Then Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” Peter dragged the net ashore — full of big fish, over 150 in all.  But even though there were so many fish, the net didn’t tear!

fire with fish

Jesus said to them, “Come and eat.” He took the bread & gave it to them; he did the same with the fish.


(224) John 21:1-13