Text: John 21:1-19
John’s gospel does not end once, but twice. In the first ending, Jesus came to his disciples as they cowered behind locked doors. He breathed new life into them and sent them forth in his name. He gave them peace. John made it sound like the end, but it was not the end, or at least not the only end, because in the 21st chapter we have another story about Jesus and his disciples, the second ending of John’s gospel. Barbara Brown Taylor writes of John’s second ending,
“If it is all a little confusing, it is hard to blame John, because everyone knows how hard it is to come to an end. You think you have said something, and then you think of something else, something too important to leave out. ‘P.S.,’ you write at the bottom of the page, and maybe a ‘P.P.S.’ after that, because it is hard to stop, hard to fold the letter and lick the stamp and call it done.”
It seems that John was having a hard time folding the letter and licking the stamp. There was more he wanted to say—something important—and so he tells another story.