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 caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, 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. 

John 21:9-13

Come and have breakfast. 

Going to breakfast with someone is always special. For years I did commercial painting with my grandpa. Even on the grueling long days I knew I could look forward to one thing- breakfast. As soon as it was ten o clock we would hop in the truck and go to breakfast at a local diner. 

Once at breakfast we could forget about business for a bit and just talk grandfather to grandson. I loved those times! 

In the passage in John we see Jesus inviting his disciples to breakfast. I think this is so cool. Think about it- they just had this crazy miraculous catch of fish after not being able to catch anything. Then they realize the man who told them to switch sides with their nets is actually their friend and savior Jesus! Then to top it all off Jesus has a fire going with bread for them and says okay all breakfast time. Can you just feel the warmth of that situation. 

The rush and grind of our day to day sometimes forces us to eat on the run or maybe not eat at all. We think there is work to be done, eating is a waste of time. But clearly here in John we see the value of sharing a meal. Think if the disciples would have said, “Ah thanks man, but we got to catch some more fish.” Instead they pause and share a meal with Jesus. And after they ate Jesus takes that time to reinstate Peter who had denied him when he died. Turns out it was a pretty important breakfast. 

So let’s slow down this weekend and this coming week. Instead of using the drive thru invite a friend or two and sit down over a donut and coffee. Talk together about God’s goodness in your lives. Share your ups and downs. Pray together. 

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, looks like our Bible agrees.

Need something to get your day or breakfast started each day?

Read Lamentations 3:19-26 - Start quietly with verses 19 and 20, then as you read verses 21-25, finally at verse 26 say it with as much gusto as possible. 

If you have kids work on memorizing this text with them. And each morning say it to them at breakfast and hopefully by the end of next week you can say it all together.