last supper, meet the first breakfast | John 21.12-14
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. John 21.12-14 | ESV
Then Jesus says to them, “Dig in boys, breakfast is served.” Awkward silence prevailed, not one of the disciples daring to come right out and ask, “So, just who are you again?” They all knew who he was, they knew it was the Lord right there with them again. So Jesus just steps right up, takes the warmed bread and gives it to them, and then does the same with the fish, a serving for each.
This was the third time his dancing presence had popped up among these disciples since he’d been raised from the dead. MAV
Your turn now.
Reread the entire text for this week. Then sit with it in your own awkward silence.
Open your imagination.
Put yourself there on that beach.
We have a detailed accounting of what transpired with Peter here, but no doubt Jesus had some significant moments with each of them as they ate and laughed. Let yourself be the unnamed disciple with them. And now he’s serving you a communion of bread and fish.
What does he say to you as he serves you?
What words of warning, of reassuring, recommissioning grace,
of encouraging, provoking love does he speak to you?
And then let him lead you in your response to his voice.
Where in your life could you use another breaking in of the “dancing presence of God”?
What are the chances the dance is already underway – you just haven’t realized it yet?
Lord, I can be so incredibly slow to see your dancing presence right in front of my face! Let me see beyond the everyday loaves and fish before me to the communion you offer with me through them, your heart with my heart, your life with my life. Awaken my soul today, O God. Through Christ.