John 21:9 “When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.”
What do you say to boys that you left, and you expected them to be waiting for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and going for missions, but they have gone back to fishing? You saw them for the first time and you are making breakfast. ‘Boys, come and eat breakfast.’ I would be afraid to eat that kind of breakfast. John 21:12-13 “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.” Jesus invented the fish burger – it is in the Bible Interestingly, the fact that no one commented or objected to this breakfast implies it was not unusual with Jesus. Remember the washing of feet? When Jesus wanted to wash their feet, Jesus did not do that regularly. Peter strongly objected. But when it came to breakfast, they all settled down and were eating. My guess is Jesus had been making breakfast for them time and again. What humility. For the men reading this, how many times have you made breakfast for your family? Your family wakes up to the smell of barbeque fish that you serve hot just like Jesus did. I am speaking to myself too. Think about this for a minute; the leader was the one cooking for them. Not only was He their leader, but He was also their God. Jesus, He just resurrected, full of power and He could think that these boys had been out all night. They had caught nothing, and He gave them fish to catch. As they were approaching, Jesus knew that they must be hungry, and He made breakfast. This was at the Sea of Tiberius or Sea of Galilee; a waterfront. Imagine Jesus has put up a barbeque stand and it was just sizzling as they were approaching. Imagine coming from being on the water all night and meeting hot food. It is beautiful; that is the example of leadership that Jesus gives us. Jesus has not left us an example of leadership that bullies people, that tramples on people, and disregards people. Jesus values His friends.
John 21:10-11 “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.” Simon singlehandedly dragged the net that contained a hundred and fifty-three fish, what six of them were struggling with. When you love someone and you see the person you love, unbelievable energy comes over you. Simon went and dragged the fish by himself! Again, keep that at the back of your mind for the time we get to the ‘do you love me?’ part of the story. “There were 153 large fish…”, fishermen always accounted for the number of fish, always. It is not strange that in the Book of Acts when the people gave their lives to Jesus it was recorded that they were three thousand people. God employed fishermen because fishermen counted the fish. The people are important. I was speaking with some great man of God and he was saying that he does not count people in his church. I said, ‘we count people because people count’.
Prayer: Father, help me to walk in the light of these truths revealed, in Jesus Name. Amen!