Quiet Time Coaching Episode 501 | New Thing Series — Part 56 | “Peter’s Breakfast – Part 1” | Malcolm Cox

A new thing! I’m Malcolm Cox. Welcome to your daily devotional podcast anchored in Isaiah 43:19: ‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’

We are currently looking at God doing a new thing in the life of the Apostle Peter. Today we explore Peter’s breakfast.

“When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 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. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.” (John 21:9-14 NRSV)

Peter’s Breakfast

  • Once again Peter encounters Jesus by a lake
  • Once again, the night’s fishing is fruitless
  • Once again, Jesus gives fishing instructions
  • Once again, in response to the miracle, Peter humbles himself

For Reflection
As someone wrote, “The last time Peter stood over a charcoal fire, he denied Jesus (18:18). Now Jesus makes him stand over another charcoal fire (21:9) and with it, review old memories and remove them.”

How do you suppose Peter was feeling when he saw Jesus cooking breakfast? What about when he handed him the bread and the fish? At the very least, we can be sure that he received a message from Jesus. And that message was, “I want fellowship with you. No matter what you’ve done in denying me, I want you here around my table as close to me as a man can get.” Do you ever feel there are times when your behaviour merits Jesus withdrawing from you? Read this story and be reassured otherwise.

Why not take some time today to thank God that he always wants you at his table?

I hope you find your heart, your life, your congregation and your world inspired by God doing a new thing. Until tomorrow, take care, and God bless.

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“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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