The Lord’s supper was prepared by others, but the Lord’s breakfast is really just that, it
is the Lord’s breakfast that He prepared Himself. This is the only men’s breakfast we
read about in the Bible, and the Lord of the universe is both the host and the cook.
The Bible says God’s mercies are new every morning, and the result is that many of His
blessings have come to His people at breakfast. Hudson Taylor, the founder of the
ChinaInland Mission, tells of this event in his life as he prepared to go to China. When
he got to China he knew he would have to depend upon God alone
Jesus loves to do some great things at breakfast. As we focus our attention on the
beautiful breakfast on the beach in John’s Gospel, let us keep in mind that it was indeed
the last breakfast. We hear much of the last supper, but here was the last breakfast that
had with His disciples, as far as the record of the Bible reveals. It was also a:

  1. A breakfast of beginnings
    learn. He taught them that He can supply their every need, so they are to follow Him
    and fish
    for men, and trust in Him alone. This breakfast was also the
  2. A beginning of a great missionary movement.
    The movement that began the history of fulfilling the Great Commission.
    Many great movements begin with decisions made around a meal. Here is one of the
    greatest ever to begin at a breakfast.
    Breakfast is the most unsociable of all meals.
    How often do you have people over for breakfast? It is the least elaborate and most
    monotonous of meals, and yet many experts say it is the key meal of the day. There are
    even poets who will rank it the number one meal for pure pleasure.
    Dinner may be pleasant,
    So my social tea;
    But yet methinks that breakfast
    Is best of all the three.
    Since the Jews generally ate only two meals a day it is likely they felt quite strong about
    their breakfast
    This last breakfast was nothing elaborate, but it is the most mouth watering meal
    described in the life of Christ and His disciples. It is of interest to note how often food is
    involved in the resurrection appearances of Jesus.
    In Luke 24:30 we read of how He took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to the
    two companions He had met on the road to Emmaus. They recognized Him in the
    breaking of the bread.
    Luke 24:41-43 we read, “He said to them, have you anything here to eat? They gave
    Him a piece of broiled fish, and He took it and ate before them.” In both of these
    references we see Jesus at an evening meal, and this last one was more like a midnight
    snack of left over fish.
    But when we come to this last breakfast we get details like no where else in the
    Gospels. Verse 9 shows us a charcoal fire on the beach with fish frying on it and bread
    being toasted.
    If you have ever been camping o grilling out you know the appetite that the open air
    develops. You can just imagine what a sight and smell that was to those hungry
    He prepared this delicious fish breakfast..”
    Jesus, of course, did not have the choices of cereal or eggs and bacon. He used what
    was common every day food of that day.
    The point that most expositors focus on here is the identification of the risen Christ with
    our humanity.
    Lord of the universe is both the host and the cook.
    . Verse 12 reveals the confusion of their minds. None dare ask Him who are you?
    in the garden to Mary was a beautiful and logical appearance. Had Jesus come in the
    clouds they would have shouted for joy.
    But now they come ashore and discover the Lord busy around a camp fire cooking them
    breakfast, and they were puzzled.
    There was no parable coming from His mouth. No profound theological dissertation was
    on His lips. His only words were, “Come and get it.”
    He fixed breakfast for His disciples.
    Jesus was going from the:
    marvelous to the mini
    tremendous to the trivial
    magnificent to the mediocre
    Jesus taught how to serve
    His ministry was preceded by His working with the commonplace
    tools of the carpenter.
    During His ministry He lived and labored among the common people.
    All His life Jesus was the Christ of the common people.
    . It is possible to so exalt Jesus that we remove Him from involvement with our
    everyday lives. This last breakfast helps prevent us from that mistake.
    This last breakfast should play a greater role in our lives than Christians have allowed it
    to be historically. We have the church of the resurrection; the church of the
    ascension, and the church of the transfiguration. They all capitalize on the
    supernatural events in the life of Jesus.
    But where is the church of the bread and fish? Where is the church of the charcoal, or
    the church of Christ the cook? Nobody builds temples to the commonplace.
    Peter on the Mt. of Transfiguration wanted to build three tabernacles, but no such
    impulse came over him on the beach.
    It is a universal aspect of human nature, for we are motivated by the spectacular, but we
    tend to miss the joy and meaning of the commonplace of serving. Because of this we
    miss much of the fellowship we ought to have with our Lord, for He is ever present in
    the everyday events of life, and not just the spectacular events.
    John 21 is a commentary on the Great Commission of Serving
    If you doubt whether Jesus cares about the ultimate values of life and your forgiveness
    and cleansing from sin, remember the Lord’s Supper we will have t next Saturday.
    But when you doubt that Jesus is concerned about the routine commonplace everyday
    needs of life, remember the last breakfast where He served his disciples.