c. Bringing Forth Many Brothers
and Making His Father and God Theirs
1. Appearing to the Seekers
and Ascending to the Father
14 When she said these things, she turned backward and beheld Jesus standing there, yet she did not know that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking? She, supposing that He was the gardener, said to Him, Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.
16 Jesus said to her, Mary! She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, Rabboni! (which means Teacher).
17 Jesus said to her, Do not touch Me, for I have not yet 1ascended to the Father; but go to My 2abrothers and say to them, I bascend to My 3Father and your Father, and My God and your God.
18 Mary the Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, I have seen the Lord, and that He had said these things to her.
2. Coming as the Spirit
to Be Breathed into the Believers
19 aWhen therefore it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and while the doors were shut where the 1disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus 2came and stood in the midst and said to them, bPeace be to you.
20 And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples therefore 1arejoiced at bseeing the Lord.
21 Then Jesus said to them again, aPeace be to you; as the Father has 1sent Me, I also 2bsend you.
22 And when He had said this, He abreathed into them and said to them, bReceive the Holy 1cSpirit.
23 aWhosever sins you forgive, they are forgiven them; and whosever sins you retain, they are retained.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called 1Didymus, 2was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said to him, We have seen the aLord! But he said to them, Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails and put my finger into the mark of the nails and put my hand into His side, I will by no means believe.
3. Meeting with the Believers
26 And 1after aeight days, His 2disciples were again within, and Thomas was with them. Jesus 3came, though the doors were shut, and stood in the midst and said, bPeace be to you.
27 Then He said to Thomas, Bring your finger here and see My hands, and bring your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.
28 Thomas answered and said to Him, My aLord and my 1bGod!
29 Jesus said to him, Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.
30 Moreover indeed amany other signs also Jesus did before His disciples, which are not written in this book.
31 But these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the 1aChrist, the bSon of God, and that cbelieving, you may have life in His name.
4. Moving and Living with the Believers
1 1After these things Jesus 2amanifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. And He manifested Himself in this way:
2 Simon Peter and aThomas, called 1Didymus, and bNathanael from Cana of Galilee and the csons of Zebedee and two others of His disciples were there together.
3 Simon Peter said to them, I am 1going afishing. They said to him, We also are coming with you. They went forth and bgot into the boat, and that night they caught 2nothing.
4 Now as soon as the morning broke, Jesus stood on the shore; however the disciples did anot know that it was Jesus.
5 Then Jesus said to them, aLittle children, you do not have any 1bfish to eat, do you? They answered Him, 2No.
6 And He said to them, Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. They cast therefore, and they were no longer able to haul it in because of the 1abundance of fish.
7 Then that adisciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord! Therefore when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment around himself, for he 1was naked; and he threw himself into the sea.
8 But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about 1two hundred cubits away, dragging the net of fish.
9 Then when they got out onto the land, they saw a fire of coals laid there, and 1afish lying on it and bbread.
10 Jesus said to them, Bring some of the fish that you have just now caught.
11 Simon Peter therefore went up and hauled the net to the land full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.
12 Jesus said to them, 1Come and have breakfast. But none of the disciples dared to inquire of Him, Who are you? knowing that it was the Lord.
13 Jesus came and atook the 1bread and gave it to them, and the 1fish likewise.
14 This was now the athird time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples after He had been braised from the dead.
5. Working and Walking with the Believers
15 Then when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, 1Simon, son of John, do you 2love Me amore than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I 3love You. He said to him, 4bFeed My 5lambs.
16 He said to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, 1aShepherd My 2sheep.
17 He said to him the 1third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Peter was grieved that He said to him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You 2aknow ball things; You 2know that I love You. Jesus said to him, cFeed My sheep.
18 Truly, truly, I say to you, When you were younger, you girded yourself and 1awalked where you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.
19 Now this He said, asignifying by what 1bkind of death he would glorify God. And when He had said this, He said to him, cFollow Me.
20 Peter, turning around, saw the adisciple whom Jesus loved following, who also breclined on His breast at the supper, and said, Lord, who is the one betraying You?
21 Peter therefore, seeing him, said to Jesus, Lord, and what about this man?
22 Jesus said to him, If I want him to aremain until I 1bcome, what is that to you? You 1cfollow Me.
23 This word therefore went out among the brothers, that that disciple would not die, yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, If I want him to remain until I 1come, what is that to you?
24 This is the disciple who atestifies concerning these things, and the one who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true.
25 And there are also 1amany other things which Jesus did, which, if they were written one by one, I suppose that not even the world itself could contain the books written.