This is a recap of our Easter Sunday sermon.
If you had all the power in the world, what would you do with it? Rule it with an iron fist? Make everyone enjoy the same things as you? Have as much fun as possible? When Jesus rose again from the dead, He had “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:18). What did He do with all that power in John 21:1-14? He cooked breakfast.
Disillusioned & Done
A large percentage of people in our area would call themselves “spiritual but not religious.” Many people are disillusioned. Jesus’s disciples were disillusioned too. They had given up everything—especially their careers—to follow Jesus (Matthew 4:18-22). But now Peter and his friends are going fishing, going back to a life of depending, not on Jesus, but on themselves.
Eventually, a disillusioned life of depending on self will end up putting me in the same boat as the disciples: “they caught nothing” (John 21:3). And that’s when Jesus shows up (John 21:5).
The Wonder of Breakfast
Jesus was a conquering hero, but He didn’t come with shining robes or golden crowns. He came cooking breakfast. Jesus isn’t like other Kings. He isn’t like others with power in our world. He doesn’t exalt Himself. He doesn’t lift Himself up. He doesn’t impose His will on others, force others to do His bidding, twist your arm until you cry uncle and do what He wants. Jesus brings Himself down to lift others up.
That’s the wonder of breakfast. God Himself invites us to eat at His table. All we have to do is come.
Reflection & Application Questions
- What would you do if you had all the money and power in the world? Be honest! How does this differ from Jesus in John 21?
- Think of a time when you have been judged by others? How did it feel? Why did it hurt? How did you respond?
- When you become disillusioned—when your hopes go unrealized or your trust in others is broken—what do you do? How is your response similar to the disciples’? How is it different?
- Why does depending on ourselves fail to finally satisfy? What alternative does Easter offer?
- How does Jesus reveal Himself in this story (John 21:1)? What does his invitation to “come and have breakfast” reveal about Him?
- Jesus brings Himself down to lift others up. Where else in the Bible do we see this?
- If this is the way the King of all things lives, what does it mean for us? How should we live?