Fresh Hope – 16th August 2016

One of the highlights of any family holiday has surely got to be the full English breakfast, served every day for a whole week, as you casually wake up to the thought of a relaxing day ahead.

Whether it’s a posh hotel, a B&B, a cheap caravan in a field, or a tent, the smell of a cooked breakfast is enough to encourage most of us out of bed.

Having someone serve you breakfast is a great part of anyone’s day, but of course if we’re honest, it only happens for most of us on special occasions.

How would you feel today, if you were at your lowest point, and you were asked by Jesus if you would like to join Him for breakfast? It would be a pretty special moment for anyone at the best of times, let alone for those that don’t feel like life is worth living; how humbling would it be if when you turned up to eat that Jesus himself was the cook?

All that seems pretty make believe, but it isn’t…it actually happened.

Peter and Jesus have not yet spoken since Peter denied Jesus, just before the crucifixion. Thomas had doubted the resurrection, four of the disciples had tried to drown their sorrows by going fishing all night and caught nothing- then right out of the blue, the resurrected Jesus tells them how and where to fish and then stands on the beach and says…”come and have breakfast.”

John 21:8-14 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred metres. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

In reality, at that moment in time, these followers of Jesus were each in their own right a bunch of losers, yet Jesus at their lowest point, cooked them food.

What’s your impression of Jesus when facing a low point in your faith?

Does your mind always take you down the road of condemnation?

Let me help you go down a different road today…at your lowest point, you get breakfast on the beach with Jesus.

Talk about loving the unlovely, talk about forgiving the guilty, talk about reinstating the messed up…wow.

Today, no matter what, come and have breakfast with Jesus.

He cooks.

He loves you.

Pastor Mark

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