Breakfast By The Sea

 Wednesday 3rd April

John 21:9-14

 Then as soon as they had come to the land, they saw a fire of coals there, and a fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught”. Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty three, and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask him “who are You?” – knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.”

 Being a chef, this passage really speaks to me. I am a sucker for a good BBQ. You say BBQ and I am there. You say a fish BBQ and you’re going to have to hold me back. Fish that has been cooked on the BBQ, if done properly is an absolute delight. The excitement I feel about just reading this story is probably tiny compared to the excitement the disciples must have felt.

 They had just been fishing all night and caught nothing until Jesus showed up. When they did re-throw their nets, their catch was plentiful. Tired and worn out yet enthused about seeing Jesus again, they willing come and eat with Jesus. Jesus, the Lord and Creator of the whole world, God in human form had humbled Himself again and cooked His disciples a meal by the beach. I love the picture that this builds of Jesus. Jesus is taking time out with His disciples, investing in them and feeding them so they can go out and feed others. They disciples knew who was with them, yet in reverence of Him, feared to ask. They had just witnessed another divine provision of fish and now they are eating a meal cooked by God Himself.

The picture that this builds really highlights the benefit of investing in individuals so they can make in a difference in this world. Jesus could have easily settled for revealing Himself once to His disciples (John 20) so He could go and show Himself to more people so they would believe He was God. Yet what we see here in Jesus investing time and fellowshipping with those who were closest to Him during His earthly ministry. He stoops again to their level and cooks them FISH.

 How is your fellowship with Jesus? Is He part of your everyday life? Jesus wants to invest in you so you can go and impact others! Jesus is a personal God who cares for your every need. Next time you are hungry, ask Jesus to feed you!!