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Sunday, May 1, 2011

5-2-11 John 21:10-14

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught. 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

(Joachim Beuekelaer 1563 Antwerp- J Paul Getty)
Thoughts: How many resurrection appearances are associated with the breaking of bread.  The two walking to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus until He broke bread with them.  Luke 24 speaks of Jesus appearing to the disciples, telling them he was not a ghost, and then asking them for something to eat (24:41).  Ironically, some think we eat only to live.  But the scriptures speak of the resurrected Christ eating and the great heavenly banquet (Lk. 14:15; 22:16,30; Rev. 19:9).  There appears to be a more eternal purpose for eating than just physical survival.  Recognition and fellowship are important reasons for eating.  Communion (Eucharist) are fellowship meals more than meals for physical nourishment. 

Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread (Song- Youtube lyrics):

O Thou Mysterious Bread (Wesley's song):

John Calvin Abridged: The fishes they caught were caught quickly, and not by their own effort.  So we call the bread we eat "Our bread"  yet we ask God for it.  The disciples didn't ask Christ of his identity because they were embarrassed to do so and did not want to dishonor Him.  This was the seventh time Christ appeared, but the Evangelist grouped them into three times (one for each day).

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