The Beach Breakfast

Hey everyone and welcome to this week’s Online Junction session!

Last session that was uploaded we were beginning to think about the stories of all those who met with the risen Jesus and how their encounter with him completely transformed their lives. We looked at the story of two of Jesus followers who were leaving Jerusalem feeling sad after Jesus had been killed on the cross. When Jesus appeared to them on the road their sadness was transformed into joy as He explained the scriptures to them and they got it!

In this session we look at the beach breakfast.

The Beach Breakfast

Jesus later appeared to his disciples along the shore of Lake Tiberias. Simon Peter, Thomas the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, and the brothers James and John, were there, together with two other disciples. Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing!”
The others said, “We will go with you.” They went out in their boat. But they didn’t catch a thing that night.

Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize who he was. Jesus shouted, “Friends, have you caught anything?”
“No!” they answered.
So he told them, “Let your net down on the right side of your boat, and you will catch some fish.”
They did, and the net was so full of fish that they could not drag it up into the boat.

Jesus’ favorite disciple told Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon heard that it was the Lord, he put on the clothes that he had taken off while he was working. Then he jumped into the water. The boat was only about a hundred yards from shore. So the other disciples stayed in the boat and dragged in the net full of fish.

When the disciples got out of the boat, they saw some bread and a charcoal fire with fish on it. 10 Jesus told his disciples, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” Simon Peter got back into the boat and dragged the net to shore. In it were one hundred fifty-three large fish, but still the net did not rip.

Jesus said, “Come and eat!” But none of the disciples dared ask who he was. They knew he was the Lord. Jesus took the bread in his hands and gave some of it to his disciples. He did the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from death.

Things to think about…

When Jesus appears on the shore the disciples have gone back to fishing on the sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias is another name for it.) If you remember, some of the dispciples were fishermen BEFORE Jesus asked them to follow him. What does that tell you about thier situation? Jesus, their friend, teacher, Rabbi, had been killed. Yes, they’d seem him but they were still afraid, confused and not sure what to do now.

They did what we do… They defaulted to where they were in control. To where they were comfortable.

When I am stressed or anxious about something I have noticed I have a few habits that I default to…
Especially right now. Our journey into parenthood hasn’t been particularly easy and I have found that I read books that are wayyy more complicated than I can understand.
I don’t know why, but it seems to calm me down.
Is it that helpful? Not really.
So why do I do it? No idea.

What do you do when you are stressed or anxious?
Maybe it’s a series you’ve watched 1000 times?
Or a song that just sums up the mood completely?

For some it could be that a thought pattern is what is commfortable… Comfortable doesn’t mean “good” or even good for you.
When something comes up we can repeat our comfy narrative: “you knew you weren’t good enough” or something like that anyway.

I think we can learn something from the disciples in our the story you’ve just read.
They defaulted to doing what they were comfortable doing. What they could control.
Fishing. They were good at that!

What else were they supposed to do?

Jesus had called them to be “fishers of men” now. That calling was supposed to outlast Jesus time spent with them.

Why do you think Jesus performed this miracle with the catch of fish?
What do you think the significance of Jesus inviting the disciples for a meal is?
What do you think they spoke to Jesus about?

This story shows that in the middle of anxiety and confusion and fear our response is to trust.
To trust in God who is faithful through the storm. Not that there won’t be any more storms.
Jesus invites his disciples to a meal, to share with them.
It’s what they really needed.
They needed reminding of His presence. The Peace he brings. And the call he makes on their lives.

We need to hear that for ourselves too.
We all have those things we default to and, it can be hard to do, but when we offer those situations to God in prayer and remind ourselves of who He is, His promises to us and His presence in our lives. We need reminding that we are still invited to Jesus table.


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