The Gospel of John: Breakfast with Jesus, Part Two.

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out 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, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 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 21:9-14)

Jesus meets our needs on so many levels and in so many ways. Whether it be our physical, emotional, intellectual, relational, financial, societal, and even occupational needs, He is there and He provides. Such was the case as today’s text from John testifies.

Commentator Robert Rothwell writes, “Today’s passage tells us that the disciples ate breakfast with Jesus after coming ashore (vv. 9–14), and we read here again of the remarkable willingness of Jesus to serve His disciples by meeting their needs. No doubt the disciples were tired and hungry from a night of labor, and our Lord took the time to prepare fish and bread for them to eat (vv. 9, 13). Though Jesus had been exalted in His resurrection, He did not think it beneath Him to serve others, providing another example of how believers are to care for one another (see also 13:14–15; Phil. 2:5–7).”

There is no special significance to the number of fish which the disciples caught. John didn’t have to provide this particular detail, but he did. It is another evidence to the eyewitness account, and Spirit inspired, record which the Gospel of John provides.

What are your particular needs today? Do you, and have you taken the time to thank the Lord Jesus for how He faithfully meets your needs? This morning, prior to completing this article, I just so happened to receive an email devotional containing a particular prayer by the late preacher and pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The prayer is as follows.

“The apostle’s words are, “To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity” (2 Peter 3:18). Will you not today make it your prayer? Lord, help me to glorify You. I am poor; help me to glorify You by contentment. I am sick; help me to give You honor by patience. I have talents; help me to extol You by spending them for You. I have time, Lord; help me to redeem it, that I may serve You. I have a heart to feel; Lord, let that heart feel no love but Yours, and glow with no flame but affection for You. I have a mind to think, Lord; help me to think of You and for You. You have put me in this world for something. Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose. I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two copper coins, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into Your treasury. I am all Yours; take me, and enable me to glorify You now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.”

Do not miss the final part of Spurgeon’s prayer: “Enable me to glorify You now; in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.” In effect, we need the Lord’s empowerment, aid, assistance, and support to serve Him in whatever we do for Him and in how we live for Him. He has proven time and again to provide the support we need in our physical, emotional, intellectual, relational, financial, societal, and even occupational areas of life.

The hymn writer, Annie Hawks (1836 -1918) expressed it this way.

I need thee every hour
Most gracious Lord
No tender voice like thine
Can peace afford

Chorus:

I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee

I need thee every hour
Stay thou nearby
Temptations lose their power
When thou art nigh

I need thee every hour
Most holy one
Oh make me thine indeed
Thou blessed son

May God’s truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

 

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