Charles always loved going to his Aunt Mae’s house—because Aunt Mae loved to cook. Charles was her favorite nephew, and any time they were together she would fix his favorite meal of fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni-and-cheese, and pound cake. The food was delicious, but even more it represented their relationship and how much she loved him.
We’ve come to the end of our study of bread in Scripture, and we close by seeing Jesus sharing a meal with His disciples. Once again, Jesus would break bread with His closest friends, and it would represent His love and provision for them.
The ingredients of this meal—fish and bread—should sound familiar to us. This episode should cause us to reflect back to the miraculous feeding of the five thousand. In that instance, Jesus had a few loaves and fish with which to feed a multitude, and they ended up with twelve baskets of leftovers. In this story, He provided an overabundance of fish for His weary disciples who had been fishing unsuccessfully all night (vv. 6, 11). In both cases, Jesus demonstrated that He can provide, even when a situation looks hopeless.
Jesus’ invitation to have breakfast was intended to meet their physical needs of hunger after a long, arduous night of fishing. It was also an invitation to spiritual fellowship with Him. Remember that their last meal together was the Last Supper, the night that He was betrayed, arrested, and condemned. That meal was full of treachery and jealousy (see Luke 22 and John 13). This meal was full of tenderness and restoration (see vv. 15–25).
If Jesus, the Lord of creation and Redeemer of His people, could take time to make breakfast in order to nourish His disciples, surely we can follow His example to share bread with others.
Apply the Word
Take time to review our themes from this month. Has the Holy Spirit prompted you in any of these areas? Do you need to address any "leaven" in your life? Do you need to be willing to extend hospitality to others? Do you need to acknowledge the extent of God’s provision in your life? Perhaps you can pray and journal this as you enjoy a piece of bread!