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Breakfast with Jesus

“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’” (John 21:12, NAS95)

Living into resurrection life has many complications, but Jesus wants to show us the way, especially since He lived through crucifixion to get there. When I trusted Christ, I had no idea what that meant for life. Initially, I thought only about forgiveness of sins and getting into heaven. Over time, God has shifted my thinking to learning how to live the eternal-kind-of-life today, in the here and now. What I didn’t know then, was that I had not a clue how to do that.

Yet Jesus bids me to come and have breakfast with Him. Just as He did with the disciples, He wants to do with me (and you). He wants to show me the kind of life into which He has invited me. He wants the new normal to be life, all of life, with Him. On the beach that day, Peter caught 153 fish because of Jesus. Our post-resurrection Lord remained in touch with His disciples, even the one, or maybe especially the one, who denied Him three times. He loves. Resurrection means a reintroduction of the presence of God with me. He wants to go with me through my day, the day He designed.

And He invites me to breakfast, just as He did Peter, so I can become familiar with how He interacts with me. I’m 40 years into learning His ways with me and I feel like an infant still, but I know He’s interactively present with me wherever I am. I’m learning how to live into resurrection from Him. For me, I’ve tried it on my own and that doesn’t work. I need to learn from Him, so I’m glad I can count on His presence with me.

Recently, as we drove to Frankfurt to search for an apartment, I sensed, maybe even heard, “I have one for you.” We went through 14 days of not finding anything and being denied the only apartment we applied for, but on the last day, we saw two we wanted. We couldn’t confirm whether we could have one of them as no one replied to our calls or emails. So when we returned to Poland, I conversed with the Lord about this confusion. He gave me a sense not to worry. Five days later, we heard we could now rent the apartment, and it was the only one that met all the criteria we desired. Honestly, it was tremendously hard not to get anxious or not to take control during those five days—learning resurrection for me doesn’t come easy, but I’m grateful Jesus wants breakfast with me.

Warmly in Christ,

Doug Mitts

For Reflection:

“The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” (Psalm 138:8 NAS95)

  1. How does it make you feel for you to consider Jesus wanting to spend His day with you?

  2. What would you want to talk with Jesus about over breakfast?

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