Are you hungry for breakfast?
Today Pastor Ricky led us in a study of a Bible character close to his heart – Peter.
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 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.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. John 21:1-4
Up to this point in the gospel, Jesus has been crucified and resurrected and is now in a glorified body having encounters with His people. (A glorified body means that He was different than before; they probably recognized Him somewhat, but He looked different. However, His scars remained as a reminder of His sacrifice.)
Some of the disciples don’t really know what do with all the experiences they have just had. They are a bit lost and aimless, gathered on the shore of the lake. In verse 3, Peter decide to get in a boat and fish – he escapes, and the others follow.
Peter was the disciple that made a big splash wherever he went. His outspoken passion and exuberance for Jesus were often followed by epic failure. (If you study Peter’s life, you will see these characteristics in him. See Matthew 4:1, John 13, John 6, Matthew 16, Matthew 17, and Matthew 26 for examples.)
In fact, Peter's last epic failure with Jesus was before the crucifixion when he used course language and vehemence to deny that he ever knew Jesus. Then he made eye contact with his Lord, whom he had promised to never betray. Knowing this and knowing that Peter has been in a boat all night and has not caught any fish, we can easily imagine that Peter is hungry – both for some food and for forgiveness from and reconciliation with Jesus.
How does Jesus make contact? He reaches out in love, asking a question to which He already knows the answer, just to make His point.
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” v.5
If you don’t know Jesus yet, be assured that He is just waiting to connect with you, serve you, and pour into your life.
Then he advises them, unbidden, to throw their nets to the other side, where they are immediately filled. In an instant, the disciples know Who this is. Peter loses his mind to get to Jesus as fast as he can and jumps out of boat to make it to the shore. What does he find there?
When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
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, but even with so many the net was not torn. 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.
The disciples are hungry, emotionally spent, and likely disappointed with their behavior as Jesus was being crucified. But rather than waiting on the shore, tapping His foot and crossing His arms in condemnation, Jesus is making them breakfast. He serves them and loves them.
Jesus does this for us all the time. If you don’t know Jesus yet, be assured that He is just waiting to connect with you, serve you, and pour into your life. If you’ve known Jesus for a time but you’re frustrated or discouraged and you have run away to sit in a boat all night long, it’s time to get out of the boat and come back to Him.
He’s on the shore, making you breakfast. He is serving you in love, waiting to just be with you again.
Jesus was fixing breakfast, but even more, he was fixing Peter. Jesus knew that Peter would be one of the leaders of the first church and have amazing impact on the world for generations to come. While Peter was sitting in a boat at his worst, Jesus was there on the shore, waiting with forgiveness and love. That’s the same love He has for you. Consider that morning and what it was like for Peter. What’s your boat? What should you not be doing? It’s time to get out of the boat and get back to the One who loves you, has prepared a wonderful life for you, and just wants to be with you!