“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.” John 21:12-13
Always the good host,
Jesus invited His friends to the breakfast table
and then served them.
It seems that Jesus had to urge the men to join Him.
“Come on, I made breakfast.
Come! Yes, all of you!
Sit down. Let’s eat!”
Perhaps they were dealing with feelings of guilt.
Did Peter sit by the fire on the beach and remember how he stood and warmed himself when he denied knowing Jesus? Peter wept bitterly then. Were tears in his eyes now?
Did Thomas feel a bit embarrassed about his demand for proof? He questioned then. Did that seem silly now, with Jesus obviously alive?
All the others ran away in the Garden, when their Rabbi was arrested. Were they ashamed that they checked out for the crucifixion and then didn’t even have the guts to come out of hiding to help bury Him?
The Teacher was concerned about His students. Jesus knew that the way to break through all the messiness was to bid them come and share a meal. He put them at ease, they let down their guard. Healing could begin.
Some issues had to be dealt with,
but first —
a banquet on the beach,
breakfast with the boys,
bread for all the brothers.