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Come and Have Breakfast

Weekly Devotionals

Come and Have Breakfast

John 21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.3 “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.

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

6 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.

7 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. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 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. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.


As the disciples approached Jesus on the shore they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it and some bread.  When Peter came onto shore and smelled the burning coals his excitement probably shifted to fear and little shame.  I also imagine that as he walked closer to that fire his heart began pumping harder to the point where taking a breath might have been difficult.  Since the last time Peter was near a fire was when Jesus had been arrested and was standing trial. He was by a fire and warming himself when several people asked if he was one of Jesus’ disciples and each time he denied it, three times in fact.

But we don’t see Jesus wagging his finger at Peter or hurling insults at him for his past betrayal.  However, I do think that Jesus wants Peter to deal with his past, heal those memories and understand the cost of discipleship.  So, Jesus simply calls out and asks him to “Come and have breakfast.”  That is such a beautiful picture of how God wants to commune with his children.  For those of you that feel like Peter and you’re out at sea and Jesus just seems so far away right now, to the point where you don’t recognize him anymore; the Lord wants you to know this – Our God knows all the details of our lives and yet, the Lord still calls out to us in the deep water.  He wants to lead our lives and he wants us to come home.  He wants to feed us and give us the strength we need.  So Come, and have some breakfast with him. Amen.