John 21: 7-14 (NRSVA)
7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Peter…
The first to respond to a question… even if he doesn’t think before opening his mouth.
The one who always wants to offer an idea… even on a mountaintop with Moses and Elijah.
Even in the excitement of the Master’s return, he still takes time to reclothe in reverence before launching himself into the water in Jesus’ direction. The other disciples choose to stay dry and travel the last 100 yards by boat, but Peter was not hanging around for a moment longer!
And when Peter reaches Jesus, of all the things that could have been said in that moment, Jesus chooses to say ‘Breakfast is ready.’ As if this were not special or emotional enough, the risen Lord has cooked breakfast!
I bet the aroma was beautiful: the charcoal, the bread, the salty fish, the smell of heat…
Even after being denied three times, Jesus still wanted to break bread with Peter.
Even after letting him down so many times in our lifetime, Jesus still wants to break bread with us…
Hallelujah! What a Saviour…
Thank you for loving us so much.
Thank you for forgiving us for so much.
Thank you for entrusting us with so much.
Be with us as we seek to be the disciple you love.