Monday, April 8, 2013


After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. . .  This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written (John 21:1, 24-25, NRSV).


Chapter 21 of John is like a postscript,                                                
        an appendix that the writer added on
to his Gospel, which concludes in Chapter 20.
        Even so, there are some lessons to be drawn
from the story John relates in his addendum,
        which describes Jesus’ appearance by the Sea
of Tiberias, where some of the disciples
        had been fishing rather unsuccessfully.
John concludes this chapter with a testimony
        that the things which he has written are all true,
and his comment at the end of Chapter 20
        is included in this added chapter, too.
He declares so many things were done by Jesus
        that if every one of them were written down,
the whole world could not contain the books resulting!
        Who could ever count the stars in Jesus’ crown?

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