“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.'” (John 21:12)
What an amazing morning the disciples had, after that long night of catching nothing, getting to eat breakfast with Jesus! The passage says that Jesus “took the bread and gave it to them; and the fish likewise.” (:13) Fish & bread for breakfast with Jesus!
For one thing, this passage puts to rest the assertions that Jesus was a vegetarian. Jesus Himself gave the disciples the fish that He evidently prepared for them. And Luke 24:43 specifically indicates that Jesus ate the fish the disciples gave Him. So let us put that misguided assertion to rest. One is free in the Lord to restrict their diet to vegetables only if they desire to do so, but do not claim a Biblical or Christian mandate for it. It does not exist.
So the disciples had “Breakfast With Jesus”! The meal consisted of both bread and fish –a nice balance, if maybe a bit unconventional for our taste. And perhaps there is also some symbolism here: God’s word is elsewhere called both “bread” and “meat.” It may represent how He will feed us as we spend time with Him each morning in His word.
We’ve all heard the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There is a strong Biblical case that this is true spiritually as well. We need that morning time with the Lord. So the disciples’ experience would be a good theme for us every day: Let’s have “Breakfast With Jesus”!