When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.
“Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said.
Here comes impetuous Peter again. Acting before he is thinking. Usually you take your clothes off before you dive into the water. John, the author, has to explain. You take your clothes off down to your skivvies when you are fishing. You don’t want to get your clothes stinky from fish. But, then Peter puts his clothes back on and dives into the water. That doesn’t make sense. Maybe he thought he could walk on the water, only this time he wouldn’t get wet. No, I don’t think so.
What it does look like however, is Peter doesn’t expect to do any more fishing. He takes what he needs and leaves the boat behind. The rest of the disciples will have to fend for themselves when it comes to bringing the boat in. Doing all the hard work.
Oh, oh. Maybe Peter shouldn’t have go there so fast. It’s Jesus and here is another charcoal fire. The last time Peter was sitting around a charcoal fire by Jesus it was the worst time of his life.
18 Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself…”
Yes in front of last charcoal fire he was at, Peter denied Jesus three times. And Jesus knows it.
This time, in front of another charcoal fire, Jesus is cooking breakfast.
What must be going through Peter’s mind? When Jesus appeared before Peter two times before now after his resurrection, he doesn’t deal with the denial. And Peter hasn’t got up enough courage to broach the subject. You can sense something is coming, but don’t know what.
Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said.
What we do know is Jesus is cooking breakfast. He has fish and bread. He needs nothing from the disciples. What he needs done he is certainly capable of doing. It is good to remember this.
When we say we are doing God’s work through our Christian service it’s good to remember God doesn’t need us. His Kingdom will come the way he wants it to whether we are involved or not. Whether it’s us as individual Christians or gathered as a Christian church, God doesn’t need us. He chooses to give us the opportunity to serve and get his message out there. But, he can handle what he wants done perfectly fine on his own.
The more we think God’s mission revolves around us the more we make two errors in thinking. When things are going good we subtly think we are the ones who do it. To us get the glory. When things are rough and people aren’t being reached and don’t look to be changing for the good, we feel guilty because somehow, we haven’t done enough.
God gets done what he wants done and we get to be involved because it is his pleasure to share his mission with us. Not because we have to, we get to.
What’s the most fun you have connecting with God?