Google+ 04/11/13 Breakfast is the Most Important Meal!

John 21:9-14

 

When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them

Fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.

“Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said.

So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore.

There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn.

“Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said.

None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish.

This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead. 

 

Today, we conclude our three-part devotion.  If you haven't read the first two, you might want to do that prior to tackling this one!  As we join our Scripture in progress, Jesus has started a fire and is starting to cook breakfast for the disciples.  That's pretty spectacular, even for our risen Savior!  Jesus is already cooking fish.  This is significant, because the next verse of our Scripture can be confusing.  Why is Jesus asking the disciples for fish when He already has some?  Is Jesus sitting on the beach just waiting for someone to come along with some fish so that He can have breakfast?  Absolutely not!!!  Jesus wants Peter and the disciples to realize what has just happened because they were obedient.  Notice Jesus does not ask them to bring some fish to Him, He tells them.  This forces Simon Peter to recognize the miracle of Christ in His life.  This is why the Scripture is so specific about how many fish are in the net.  Not being a net fisherman, I can only deduce from Scripture that 153 fish in one catch is a lot, because John makes a point to tell us that even with all of these fish in the net, it does not break!  Immediately after the disciples realize how many fish they have caught in the net, after a night of fruitless fishing, Jesus invites them to sit down for breakfast.  Their attitudes have changed as they now know that their breakfast chef is really their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Notice that Jesus now gives them both fish and bread.  Do you remember when Jesus did that for 5,000 men plus their women and children?  The last time the disciples broke bread with Jesus was the night before He was crucified.  The Scripture ends today by informing all of us that Jesus has now appeared to His disciples three times since His resurrection.  Why so often?  Was once not enough?  Not for the disciples, and not for us.  We humans seem to need constant reminding of who Jesus is.  We may have seen a miracle yesterday, but today, we go about our worldly business like nothing ever happened.  That's what the disciples are doing.  They have gone back to fishing and apparently did not take Jesus with them in their heart as they performed their worldly tasks.  Jesus shows up to remind them to fish on the correct side of the boat.  With this reminder, He makes sure that all of us know that, without His direction and wisdom, we can be always busy, but never fruitful.  In our world, my dad used to call it, "busy being busy!"  I can tell you that I want all of us to harvest 153 fish every time we cast our nets into the water.  In order to do that, we must keep Jesus with us every minute.  As I get older, my parents tend to get wiser!  In all fairness to them, I don't think they have changed.  They have always been wise, but often, I have been foolish.  Every morning, my mother would get up and fix me breakfast when I was growing up, telling me that it was the most important meal of the day.  Who knew she would be so right?  Each morning, look for Jesus and the fire where He is cooking breakfast.  Bring Him your entire "catch" from the day before.  Don't worry, the net will not break and Jesus can help you handle all the fish.  Just remember not to skip breakfast.  Jesus and my mom were right.  Breakfast is the most important meal!