Breakfast with the King

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. John 21:12-14

Because of the violence against Him on the way to the cross, Jesus must have been completely unrecognizable. We saw this with Mary at the tomb and now we see it here. And these were people who walked with Him daily so certainly they should have known who he was.

Scripture also teaches us that “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him” Isaiah 53:2 But it was never his physical appearance that attracted people (including us) to Him. It was the saving message and the love and a whole host of desirable qualities that attracted us to Him.

Take a little time now and worship – not the things he does or says, but Him.

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Boring and Mundane Existence

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. John 21:10-11

It was an all out effort to haul in those fish! 153 large fish were brought to the shore that morning. The net remained untorn despite the weight.

The mundane. The trivial. The common. The fire. The water. Jesus was getting ready to teach his disciples about service and love and the practical things of life. With Peter the lesson would be about forgiveness.

And so he’s concerned about what we would consider a boring and mundane existence. There is nothing too trivial to bring to God, nothing too small or mundane. He just wants you to get out of the boat and come to him. If you come with your net full of fish, fine. If not, he’ll be waiting anyhow.

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But Peter

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. John 21:7-9

You’re out on the sea after a long night. You see the Savior of the world on the shore, the same one who had risen from the dead a week before. You have a net full of fish to eat and sell. That net is full because of the advice of the man on the shore. The fire is burning hot and ready for the fish. Life couldn’t get much better for those disciples. Just look at the spiritual symbolism of fish (fishers of men), fire (Holy Spirit), bread (bread of life), and a net full of fish (a harvest of Believers).

But Peter.

Gotta love that man. Emotional roller coaster. Loves him, betrays him, runs to him.

So let me ask you this, when was the last time you ran to Jesus for any reason whatsoever?

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Jesus in the Moment

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:5-6

It must have been unusual for fishermen to go out all night and come up empty. I’m certain they were exhausted and frustrated, and this stranger asks them “had any luck?” Then he had the audacity to tell them how to fish! At that point, I”m certain lights went on in their heads. Luke 5 shows us another time he did the exact same thing.

“Throw your nets on the other side of the boat.” And they did.

If we pay attention, those kinds of things happen all around us. We may be sad or frustrated or angry or perplexed, and something comes along to refresh our memory of how we were delivered from a similar experience. Often because of our mood, we fail to see Jesus in the moment.

Lord Jesus, may we have a keen awareness of your presence¬† when we’re happy and when we’re not. Help us to recognize you in a sea of strangers and strange events. And above all, help us to remain in you during those times.

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On the Shore Waiting

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. John 21:1-4

The fishermen were just chomping at the bit to get back to work. At this point it seems like they’re going to go on to live normal, moral lives. But God had something much more important for them.

It’s interesting that these professional fishermen caught nothing that night. I’m not sure how normal that was back then but it would be juxtaposed alongside the great number of fish that Jesus told them to go out and catch. They were probably emotionally and physically tired, and clearly not on their “A” game. I’m sure the events of the week are still ringing in their heads, and while they went fishing to try to get their minds off it, this “it” would be their new life.

We’ve all had these kinds of week, when we’re not at our best, when we’re exhausted at what we’ve been through, and wrestling with heady issues.

Jesus is on the shore waiting. You may not recognize him but it’s him. And he’s waiting for you…and me.

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