How do your breakfast and John 21 relate? Well, Edwin Rosado, who will also be one of two main speakers at the next congress, will show you ...
Breakfast, the meal where we are encouraged to eat like an emperor. No wonder, for many studies link eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight. Eating breakfast has become so important that as recently as last year while taking a health survey I was required to write how many times during the week I skip breakfast (0 – I love breakfast!) and what foods constituted my breakfast (I’m looking at you Muesli). With so many sources reminding us about the importance of breakfast it is a wonder that so many people miss it.
However, even the bible knows the importance of breakfast. Recently, while studying John 21 with a small group, I was struck by the utter practicality of Christ in his relationship to the disciples. John 21 is a masterfully written chapter filled with allusions to the Gospels that make reading this chapter a lot of fun. For instance, the Bible tells us in John 21 that Peter, the sons of Zebedee, and some of the other disciples went out on the lake to go fishing. Upon toiling all night, they ended up with a grand total of zero fish. Then a mysterious stranger comes and tells them to throw the net on the right side of the boat and that they would find some fish. To professional fishermen, this must have sounded like an extremely preposterous suggestion. As if to assume that fish are so intelligent that they will purposely swim on the opposite side of the boat to where the net is. Either way, they decide to take the plunge and try out the mysterious strangers’ suggestion. The Bible says that the nets were so full that they were not able to draw it in.
After a long night toiling for food and having caught none (see verse 5), the disciples must have been extremely tired and hungry. And when they arrived on the shore they must have been overwhelmed to see their resurrected Lord there, standing on the beach with what I can only imagine was a gigantic smile on his face. What a reunion! But God was not only worried about their spiritual needs (see the rest of John 21), he was also concerned with their physical needs and had prepared for them a breakfast of fish and loaves.
In this chapter, it is quite obvious that our Lord and Savior is going to do some really important spiritual work not only in the life of Peter and the disciples, but He has profound implications for our church work today in restoring members. But in all of this spiritual importance, he takes time to remember their needs: i.e., breakfast!
And even more than 2000 years later, God still cares about a healthy breakfast! Once during my University studies, I had just finished work at 7 a.m. and had to rush to class to make it on time. I didn’t have time for breakfast, so I just grabbed my guava paste (It’s a fruit right? O.k. probably not healthy but it's delicious) and a knife and was on my way out the door when I just stopped. For no explanatory reason, I felt impressed, strongly impressed that I needed a spoon and not a knife. “No,” I thought to myself, I don’t need a spoon, a knife will do.” I wanted to walk at the door again when I just stopped, and the impression came again but stronger this time... “you need a spoon.” “This is crazy,” I thought to myself, “but whatever, a spoon will work just as well as a plastic knife.” So I put the knife back and grabbed a metal spoon and rushed to class.
I had a good friend from Brazil that sat next to me, and I greeted him as I entered. He looked up at me, with a despondent look in his eyes and asked, “by any chance would you happen to have a spoon?” My initial reaction was to say no, (I mean honestly, who brings a spoon to class?) and asked him why. He said that his wife had made him a special breakfast that he loved, but she had forgotten to pack a spoon. He had classes all day, and by the time he would be able to get a spoon the food would be spoiled. He told me that moment before he had prayed to God that if it were possible that He would be able to provide a spoon. Then I smiled at him and said: “... um ... actually, I do have a spoon.” As he ate his breakfast, and I my “pasta de guayaba” we sat there in awe of what God had done for us that morning. As we ate in silence, we pondered over the lessons we had experienced that morning about his ability to provide, the power of prayer and his great love for us thru no other means than providing us...with breakfast.Written by Edwin on Sunday, 14 January 2018.