Breakfast with Jesus
by Pastor Gene
“Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast” (John 21:4-12).
His disciples had followed Him for three years or so now – walked with Him, ate with Him, traveled with Him. But everything had changed so suddenly. It had been a confusing time to be sure. Jesus had ridden into Jerusalem like a gentle king peacefully conquering. He’d taught in the environs of the Temple and been opposed by Israel’s religious leaders. Then there was the Supper when He told them that He’d been betrayed. But, more than that, He’d been betrayed by one of the Twelve!
That was the night that Judas went out.
That was the night of His terrible suffering at an enclosed, nearby garden called Gethsemane. That’s where they came for Him. That’s where they arrested Him. And that’s where His disciples abandoned Him and fled.
Later, Peter denied three times publicly that he even knew Him. Then there were the trials. Then the scourging. The Centurion blanket party. Then the crown of thorns. And the nails. And the astonishing reality of watching their Master nailed to a cross, publicly shamed, mocked and spat upon by godless men.
Everything changed so suddenly. But then there was the empty tomb and everything changed again.
We don’t know when the events of John 21 took place. Some scholars see it as an anticlimactic epilogue to the events of John 20. Some even argue that John didn’t write it at all, but that it was added on later by the elders at Ephesus. There’s no reason to believe that John didn’t write it, though. In fact, it is in perfect sync stylistically with the rest of John’s Gospel.
But I think all of this misses the point.
I think John 21 is the perfect way for the Apostle to end His Gospel! Why? Because in it he records Jesus’ wonderful invitation – one that still reverberates with disciples 2000 years removed from its first utterance: “Come and have breakfast!”
Breakfast, with all the fellowship that that word evokes.
Breakfast, with all its nourishment and life-giving nutrition.
Breakfast, with its celebration of the new day – another day that the Lord has given us to glorify Him in the eyes of those who need to know Him!
Breakfast, with its reminder that we who have believed have been made sons of the day and of the light!
Breakfast, with its new glimpse of the God of Heaven, it’s new challenge to walk before Him in purity and its new promise of His abiding presence.
O, child of the living God, do you hear His invitation – this and every new day? “Come and have breakfast.”
Our Lord longs to meet with us at the fire, to talk about important (though sometimes awkward) things. To set our hearts aright and watch as they flame up!
O, Come – warm your cold heart by His fire. Rest your tired head upon Him. Let the astonishing truth that your crucified Master lives give new life to your bones.
O, come, come, come and have breakfast!
To consider …
- Think about our Lord’s words, “Come and have breakfast.” Can you see them as a personal invitation to you?
- What does this “breakfast” look like to you?
What will you do there?
What will you and Jesus talk about?
What will you expect from Him?
- Do you think your day will be different for having shared breakfast together with your Lord?
- What are the things that keep you from meeting Him in this way?
How do they measure up in importance against sitting with Him by the fire, doing what He called the one “necessary” thing? (See Luke 10:38-42.)
- Consider for a moment how many breakfasts you’ve missed with Jesus and purpose to miss no more! After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
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As we draw near to the time of His return, it seems so appropriate for me to inquire of Him, “How can I be ready, Lord?” With that thought dominating the foremost musings of my day, it seems so much easier to stay focused on the most important things He will have me do. They may be very mundane, ordinary things or they could be quite spectacular. Either way, if my motives are to be pleasing in His sight and to give all I am to His plan, I can be confident in the potential to please my master.
I firmly believe that any believer that sets time aside in the morning and has breakfast with Jesus has to come away refreshed and renewed in their spirit. I’m sure it causes the enemy to back peddle and recoil, knowing that there is no way he will penetrate that bond of unity that is being established. How precious and powerful are these words of the Lord Jesus in John 6:37, ” All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” The breakfast is always prepared and nourishing and His hand is out stretched to take us to Himself. Oh, I wonder how many times He was waiting with the table set and prepared and I didn’t come.
I think about that as well Pastor Dave, I hate the thought that I have missed a table with Jesus. The special things HE PLANNED! I don’t want to miss any more, that is for sure
This was such a refreshing blog! The last couple weeks have been very busy without a lot of time, today I was so tired from the weekend that I woke up late and missed my breakfast with Jesus. Oh, how I needed it today! I always realize when I miss it how much I needed it. I guess tonight is a midnight snack with Jesus, but tomorrow I look forward to the time with Him and what that will inspire!
It is amazing that the relationship with the one who we strive to love more than any other is usually relegated to one hour a week on Sunday, and most think that is acceptable. How many of those others we profess to love would be okay with, ‘I love you dearly, but you can only talk to me one hour a week’? So called ‘Quality time’ does not work in the relationship with Yeshua or anyone else.
My mother-in-law, Lorraine, has always inspired me because for the last 3 1/2 decades I have known her to spend breakfast with Jesus every morning faithfully. There are no shortcuts with Jesus. Maybe with other relationships and certainly not with him! I see the fruit in Lorraine’s life and I hope and pray that others see that fruit in me as I spend time with my savior. I love what u wrote, Pastor Dave- about how many times has Jesus prepared the table waiting for me and maybe I don’t show up? Oh wow I do not want to disappoint him!