‘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. Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead. After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ (John 21:12-15)
One morning after his resurrection, Jesus joined his disciples on a secluded beach. He prepared them breakfast, and then ate with them. Following breakfast he asked them, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Missing is any recorded communication, monologue or dialogue which occurred during breakfast.
The absence of recorded information offers insight into the heart of Jesus. He was aware of the importance and value of each moment with his disciples, aware his ascension was close at hand. He knew each opportunity was of deep importance as it would further their knowledge and purpose of his kingdom, for soon they would embark, commissioned to lead the most monumental missional expedition ever.
Strategically important as each moment was though, this story reflects the beauty and value of Jesus Christ and one of the primary goals of his kingdom – relationship. In the midst of very limited and important time frame, Jesus paused and rested with his friends to share a simple beach side breakfast with them.
Relationship, friendship, family, all words associated with the kingdom of God. The reason for the restoration of mankind to God, through the work of Christ, was to mend the broken relationship and restore communion. The mission is vital, the mission concerns relationship, relationship between man and his creator in a holy communion.
In your kingdom Lord, relationship thrives. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”