Monday, October 8, 2012

A Breakfast Reprieve

Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore.The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yard from shore.

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. 

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

-- John 21.7-15 NLT

A Universal Favorite

I don't know anyone who hates breakfast. Oh, I know plenty of people who skip breakfast or don't have time for breakfast. I even know a lot of people whose favorite meal is supper or lunch. But nobody hates breakfast. IHOP is as popular as it ever was! Breakfast is in.

Not only is breakfast tasty, it's healthy. Everyone knows your brain does not function without fuel--you can't think without breakfast. In addition, nutritionalists insist that a healthy metabolism needs breakfast in order to get going. Without a good breakfast, your body assumes that it's starving and tries to hold on to calories.

Jesus' Breakfast

Jesus liked breakfast too. In the above passage, he was the provider of a breakfast reprieve. After a long night of work (& a prolonged series of emotional events) the Disciples really needed some comfort. What could be more comforting than bacon & eggs? Waffles... but I digress.

Jesus brings comfort (comfort for your people) to Peter specifically. Sometimes we feel like Humpty Dumpty. Sometimes we feel like a cracked egg which cannot be repaired. Sometimes we feel too lost or ruined for his grace. But we're not. If anything, we are ripe for grace.

Over and over again, Jesus calls us to dine with him. He says Come to breakfast, I've got everything heated up for you. Won't you come to him while it's still warm? Nobody likes their eggs cold.

More Reading

A Brighter Tomorrow
God's Goal For Humanity
Carry on, My Wayward Son
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