After Jesus’ resurrection, one of the first things He did was cook breakfast for His disciples. This act has been the subject of much discussion and speculation over the years. In this article, we will explore the reasons why Jesus chose to make a meal of fish for His disciples.
To understand why Jesus cooked breakfast for His disciples, we must first look at the context in which it occurred. After Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, He rose from the dead on the third day.
He appeared to Mary Magdalene and other women who had gone to His tomb to prepare His body. He also appeared to two disciples on their way to Emmaus.
The Appearance to Disciples
The appearance of Jesus to His disciples is recorded in John 21:1-14. The disciples were fishing on the Sea of Galilee but had caught nothing all night.
In the morning, they saw a figure on the shore who told them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat. When they did, they caught so many fish that they were unable to haul them all into the boat.
When they reached shore, they found that it was Jesus who had given them this miraculous catch of fish. He then cooked some fish and bread over a fire and served it to His disciples.
Now that we have looked at what happened, we can start exploring why it happened. One reason could be that it was an act of kindness towards His hungry and tired disciples after their long night fishing with no success.
However, there may be deeper symbolism at play here as well. Fish is mentioned numerous times in the Bible as a symbol for Christianity itself (Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:17; Luke 5:10). By serving fish to His disciples after His resurrection, Jesus may have been symbolically reaffirming His teachings and the message of Christianity.
Restoration and Forgiveness
Another reason why Jesus may have cooked breakfast for His disciples is that it was an act of restoration and forgiveness. Peter had denied Jesus three times before His crucifixion, but in this breakfast scene, Jesus forgave Peter and commissioned him to “feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17).
The meal may also have been an opportunity for Jesus to restore the relationship between Himself and His disciples, who had scattered after His arrest. By sharing a meal together, they were able to reconnect and strengthen their bond.
In conclusion, the breakfast of fish that Jesus cooked for His disciples after His resurrection was a significant event with multiple layers of meaning. It was an act of kindness towards tired and hungry fishermen, a symbol of the message of Christianity, and a moment of restoration and forgiveness between Jesus and His disciples.
As we reflect on this event, we can be reminded that our faith is not just about words or beliefs but also about fellowship with one another. We can also take comfort in the fact that no matter how much we may deny or betray Him, Jesus stands ready to forgive us and restore our relationship with Him.