John 20-21 Bible in Basic English

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The Resurrection

20 1  Now on the first day of the week, very early, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the place and saw that the stone had been taken away from it. 2  Then she went running to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple who was loved by Jesus, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the place of the dead and we have no knowledge where they have put him. 3  So Peter and the other disciple went out to the place of the dead. 4  They went running together, and the other disciple got in front of Peter and came first to the hole in the rock; 5  And looking in, he saw the linen bands on the earth; but he did not go in, 6  Then Simon Peter came after him and went into the hole in the rock; and he saw the linen bands on the earth, 7  And the cloth, which had been round his head, not with the linen bands but rolled up in a place by itself. 8  Then the other disciple who came there first went in; and he saw and belief came to him. 9  For at that time they had no knowledge that the Writings said that he would have to come again from the dead. 10  So then the disciples went away again to their houses.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11  But Mary was still there outside the hole in the rock, weeping; and while she was weeping and looking into the hole, 12  She saw two angels in white seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13  They said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? She said to them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I have no knowledge where they have put him. 14  And then looking round, she saw Jesus there, but had no idea that it was Jesus. 15  Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? who are you looking for? She, taking him for the gardener, said to him, Sir, if you have taken him away from here, say where you have put him and I will take him away. 16  Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning, she said to him in Hebrew, Rabboni! (which is to say, Master). 17  Jesus said to her, Do not put your hand on me, for I have not gone up to the Father: but go to my brothers and say to them, I go up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. 18  Mary Magdalene went with the news to the disciples, and said she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19  At evening on that day, the first day of the week, when, for fear of the Jews, the doors were shut where the disciples were, Jesus came among them and said to them, May peace be with you! 20  And when he had said this, he let them see his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21  And Jesus said to them again, May peace be with you! As the Father sent me, even so I now send you. 22  And when he had said this, breathing on them, he said to them, Let the Holy Spirit come on you: 23  Any to whom you give forgiveness, will be made free from their sins; and any from whom you keep back forgiveness, will still be in their sins.

The Unbelief of Thomas

24  Now Thomas, one of the twelve, named Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25  So the other disciples said to him, We have seen the Lord. But he said to them, If I do not see in his hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails, and if I do not put my hand into his side, I will never have belief.

26  And after eight days, his disciples were again in the house and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were shut, Jesus came, and taking his place in the middle of them, he said, May peace be with you! 27  Then he said to Thomas, Put out your finger, and see my hands; and put your hand here into my side: and be no longer in doubt but have belief. 28  And Thomas said in answer, My Lord and my God! 29  Jesus said to him, Because you have seen me you have belief: a blessing will be on those who have belief though they have not seen me!

The Purpose of the Book

30  A number of other signs Jesus did before his disciples which are not recorded in this book: 31  But these are recorded, so that you may have faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and so that, having this faith you may have life in his name.

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 1  After these things Jesus let himself be seen again by the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and it came about in this way. 2  Simon Peter, Thomas named Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were all together. 3  Simon Peter said to them, I am going fishing. They said to him, And we will come with you. They went out and got into the boat; but that night they took no fish. 4  Now very early in the morning Jesus was there by the edge of the sea (though the disciples were not conscious that it was Jesus). 5  So Jesus said to them, Children, have you taken any fish? They made answer, No. 6  And he said to them, Let down the net on the right side of the boat and you will get some. So they put it in the water and now they were not able to get it up again because of the great number of fish. 7  So the disciple who was dear to Jesus said to Peter, It is the Lord! Hearing that it was the Lord, Peter put his coat round him (because he was not clothed) and went into the sea. 8  And the other disciples came in the little boat (they were not far from land, only about two hundred cubits off) pulling the net full of fish. 9  When they got to land, they saw a fire of coals there, with fish cooking on it, and bread. 10  Jesus said to them, Get some of the fish which you have now taken. 11  So Peter went to the boat and came back pulling the net to land, full of great fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and though there was such a number the net was not broken. 12  Jesus said to them, Come and take some food. And all the disciples were in fear of putting the question, Who are you? being conscious that it was the Lord. 13  Then Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish in the same way. 14  Now this was the third time that Jesus let himself be seen by the disciples after he had come back from the dead.

Feed My Sheep

15  Then when they had taken food, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, is your love for me greater than the love of these others? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you are certain of my love for you. He said to him, Then give my lambs food. 16  Again, a second time, he said to him, Simon, son of John, have you any love for me? Yes, Lord, he said, you are certain of my love for you. Then take care of my sheep, said Jesus. 17  He said to him a third time, Simon, son of John, am I dear to you? Now Peter was troubled in his heart because he put the question a third time, Am I dear to you? And he said to him, Lord, you have knowledge of all things; you see that you are dear to me. Jesus said to him, Then give my sheep food. 18  Truly I say to you, When you were young, you made yourself ready and went wherever you had a desire to go: but when you are old, you will put out your hands and another will make you ready, and you will be taken where you have no desire to go. 19  Now this he said, pointing out the sort of death by which he would give God glory. And after saying this, he said to him, Come after me.

The Beloved Disciple

20  Then Peter, turning round, saw the disciple who was dear to Jesus coming after them—the disciple who was resting on his breast at the last meal, and said, Lord, who is it who will be false to you? 21  Seeing him, Peter said to Jesus, What about this man? 22  Jesus said to him, If it is my desire for him to be here till I come back, what is that to you? come yourself after me. 23  So this saying went about among the brothers that this disciple would not undergo death: Jesus, however, did not say that he would not undergo death, but, If it is my desire for him to be here till I come back, what is that to you? 24  This is the disciple who gives witness about these things and who put them in writing: and we have knowledge that his witness is true. 25  And Jesus did such a number of other things that, if every one was recorded, it is my opinion that even the world itself is not great enough for the books there would be.

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