Did you know that Jesus fixed breakfast for his disciples after He had risen from the dead?
I love this story!
You see, Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, James, and John were all together hanging out. It had been a crazy few weeks. Jesus had washed their feet, been arrested, tried, and convicted. They were devastated. Then the news had come while they were hiding out, fearful that they were the next ones to be executed.
News had come of His Resurrection from the ladies. Then Jesus appeared among them. He was alive!
However, things had been so hard. Thomas had doubted. Peter had denied Jesus three times. And here they were hanging out.
"I'm going fishing!" Peter declared to his friends.
"We'll go, too," the others decided. So they all went out fishing.
They fished all night and caught nothing. They were tired, discourage, weary, maybe afraid. As they pulled the boat up on the shore, a man called out, "Children, do you have any fish."
"No," they replied.
"Well, cast your net over on the right side of the boat and you will find a catch," the stranger replied.
So the weary men threw the net over. Just to humor the stranger? Because it reminded them of old times? Just to get him to stop talking?
The net came up bursting with fish! In fact, it was so heavy, they couldn't heave it up onto the boat.
"It's the Lord!" John said and ran to the beach. Peter following John, running behind him. The other disciples brought the boat to shore.
And what did they see?
Jesus was fixing breakfast. There was fish and bread laid out on a charcoal fire.
"Bring some of the fish and we'll throw it on the fire," Jesus says. He didn't need their fish, but he let them contribute. "Come have breakfast!"
Jesus serves them breakfast. He passes out the fish and bread. They eat because they are hungry. He is there and suddenly, they know they are safe. After this, Jesus addresses Peter and reinstates him, restoring Peter after his denial.
Often when we read John 21, we focus on the miraculous catch of fish or Peter's reinstatement, but I like to focus on the God of the Universe fixing a charcoal fire and making breakfast for His beloveds. Serving breakfast is such a simple thing, but expresses so much love.
Did they remember when he served them the Passover meal? Did it remind them of that Last Supper together? I don't know. But, I find it lovely that Jesus does something so ordinary, so kind. What is it about sitting around at a meal together that makes everything feel safe. That physical nourishment provided also says, "I love you." It is these ordinary moments of serving that communicate value and worth to our family. Sometimes, when our husband and children are discouraged and weary, that simple act of serving a meal can remind them that they are loved, secure, safe. And when we serve that meal we are imitating our precious Jesus.
As homemakers, we have the privilege of serving our families: fixing meals, tidying the house, doing laundry, and creating memories. Sometimes those things can feel like drudgery, but these simple tasks communicate so much love, especially serving meals.
Remember that next time you feel weary.
It is only when we are filled with Jesus, that we can bring His Presence into our homes to create that joyful and peaceful atmosphere we all desire.
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Be blessed in every way!