Jesus Served Them

Jesus Served Them

24 December 2009


9 When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. 12 “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. 13 Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. (John 21:9, 12-13 NLT)

I love this story. I love the honesty in Peter and the others who, when their world rocked under their feet, reverted to what they knew and felt they could control. I love the appearance of Jesus on the shore in the early light of dawn. I love C.S. Lewis’ word picture of the Lamb on the shore at the end of the Narnia book, “Voyage of the Dawntreader.” I love the walk on the beach after breakfast when Jesus restored Peter to his calling. I love the mystery that slightly blurs the background like early morning mist on the water.

But this morning, I saw that Jesus served them bread and fish. Jesus, after fulfilling the greatest mission in humanity’s history – after ministry and miracles, after betrayal and torture, after death and resurrection, after going to hell and back – served his friends a breakfast of bread and fish on an unnamed beach on Lake Galilee.

How did he find the balance between being Lord of Lords and being a short order fry cook for fisherman on their way home from a night’s work? Jesus knew who he was and why he was here. He could be a baby in Bethlehem (today is Christmas Eve!), a boy in Nazareth, a student in the Temple, a carpenter in Galilee, a miracle worker in Judea, the Lamb of God on the cross, the victorious conquering King of Kings risen from the tomb, or a friend and mentor serving breakfast to his followers on the beach.

I’m trying to learn what really matters. I think one thing that matters is being confident in who I am in Christ and why I’m here, in this community, in this family, with these friends. I think another thing that really matters is being fully present in the moment and being fully myself in relationships with others.


Father, Help me get free from the things inside me that make me think the questions, “How’s this going to look?” and “What will they think?” Help me to be satisfied to simply be who I am, where I am, and to be fully present with those I’m with. Teach me what really matters. Amen.

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