Breakfast With Jesus
Imagine for a minute that you are one of the Twelve. You have seen the risen Christ appear to you multiple times now. Jesus has spent time with you. What is your next move?
Evidently it is to go fishing in the Sea of Tiberias.
That’s where we find the disciples and Jesus as we head into chapter 21. Peter has gone back to work. He has taken Thomas, Nathanael, and James and John with him, as well as two unnamed disciples. They went out at night to fish and, after fishing all night long, they had caught nothing.
As it began to become light int he morning, someone began to holler at them from the beach. They weren’t sure who it was, but whoever it was seemed to know that they had no fish. He told them to cast their nets to the right of the boat and they caught so many fish they couldn’t pull their nets in. John immediately knew it was Jesus. Peter, being Peter, put his clothes on and jumped out of the boat and head to shore. The others followed in the boat dragging the net full of fish.
When they got there, a fire was already made and fish were already cooking. Breakfast was almost ready. Think about that for a minute. How did that happen? Jesus didn’t fish that night, did He? Did someone give them to Him? Did He get the fish at the market? Did He, instead of saying, “Let there be light!”, say “Let there be fire and fish and breakfast”? He could have done that, couldn’t He?
Jesus told them to bring some of their catch to put with what He was cooking. Peter then pulled all of the fish they had caught to land. Evidently Peter was a big, strong dude.
Then they had breakfast. Jesus gave them bread and He gave them fish. Does this sound familiar? A few chapters ago, Jesus had taken a couple of fish and five loaves and fed 5,000, with plenty leftover for the disciples. Here, He feeds them and we don’t know where the food comes from. So, what do they do? They eat with Him. None of them question who He is. They take the bread that He gives. Where did that come from? And they take the fish.
So, what’s the point?
He provided the catch for the disciples. He provided their breakfast.
He provides for us too.
His provision is unusual. The timing is often strange to us. The focus is on Him. But He provides. And it leaves no question on where it came from. It comes from Him.