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Breakfast with Jesus - John 21:1-14

Breakfast with Jesus
John 21:1-14
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.
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw afire 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, 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. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
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BlogFam, I have been consistently writing my blog for nearly six months now and I am clear that writing makes me vulnerable to sharing pieces of myself that I might not otherwise share in casual conversation with strangers.  Now, that does not mean that I will choose to expose to you my deepest and darkest secrets.  However, it does mean that my BlogFam will be privileged to learning some details about my life and my testimony as I daily reflect upon the words of scripture.  So, YES, I take every post personally and most of all, I pray that the few words I share with you will inspire you all to live even more faithfully in this world.
And with that being said, let me share something else with you.  Those of you who know me outside of this sacred space are quite familiar with my LOVE for breakfast foods.  I am one of those kinds of people who has no problem with eating breakfast ANYTIME of the day.  I do not think that breakfast must be limited to those early hours of the day.  I can eat breakfast for lunch and for dinner and not think twice.  What about you?  I know lots of people who actually skip breakfast or who would prefer not to have omelets or pancakes, biscuits or bacon,cereal or oatmeal for breakfast or any other time, but I am not one of those people.  Give me breakfast anytime and I will be pleased.
And based on today’s scripture, I am glad to see that my desire for breakfast is biblical.  My passion for breakfast foods is in line with scripture.  For the text says that Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” I know that you might think this is a stretch of my imagination but that is what the text says.  After a long night of fishing and coming up with empty nets until instructed by Jesus to cast their nets over on the right side of the boat once more and then filling their nets to capacity, Jesus invited the disciples to shore to come and have breakfast with  Him.  He had prepared this early morning meal for his disciples.  This does my heart good.  Not only because Jesus justifies my culinary obsession with breakfast but because I am encouraged to know that Jesus cares about the ordinary details of my life.  Jesus cares that I eat and that I receive the nourishment I need for my body so that I might continue in service of the Kingdom of God. 
Friends, I know that Jesus serving breakfast may not be a big deal to you but I am encouraged by this.  As I go and go and go and go on with my life, I am reminded on today that it is OK to stop and to take care of life’s most basic necessities – including enjoying my favorite foods at my favorite time of the day.  Jesus wants me to eat breakfast and I will not argue with His invitation to do so.  And I most especially will not argue with His invitation to spend my breakfast time with Him.
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” 
Friends, can you name one simple thing that you enjoy having or doing and when is the last time you had the pleasure of partaking in it?  When is the last time you took a stroll in the park or sat and listened to the birds sing?  When is the last time you played in the rain or watched your favorite movie?  If it has been way too long, then I challenge you to enjoy Jesus in the ordinary things of your life.  BlogFam, set a date to enjoy Jesus and your favorite things and by doing so I pray that you are nourished in body, mind, and spirit and that you, too, will THANK GOD for God’s presence in the most ordinary details of your life.
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