John 21:4

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

Read John 21:4 Using Other Translations

But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was.

What does John 21:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 21:4

But when the morning was now come
The day began to dawn, and light to appear, very early in the morning; for Christ visits his right early, and is a present help to them in their time of trouble.

Jesus stood on the shore:
on firm ground, whilst his disciples were beating about in the waves, and toiling to no purpose. So Christ, risen from the dead, is glorified, is in heaven; but not unmindful of his people amidst all their afflictions in this world:

but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus;
though he was so near them that they could hear what he said; but it not being broad daylight they could not distinctly discern him, or their eyes might be held that they could not know him. So Christ is sometimes near his people, and they know it not.

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