Jesus Serves Breakfast to the Disciples
One day, after Jesus died and rose again, Peter told the disciples, “I’m going fishing.” And he did.
Six of the disciples went with Peter to the Sea of Galilee. They took their boat out and fished all night, without catching a single fish. Just as dawn was breaking, they saw a man walking along the shore.
“Have you caught any fish, my friends?” he called out.
“Not one,” they replied.
“Cast your net on the right side of the boat. Then you’ll catch some,” the man said. (The disciples didn’t realize it was Jesus.)
The disciples had worked all night, they were tired and hungry, but they did what the man told them to do. As soon as they tossed out the net, the water started churning with fish! The net was so full, they couldn’t haul it into the boat.
“It’s the Lord!” cried John.
When Peter heard that, he dove into the water and swam to shore. When the other disciples got to shore, dragging the net behind the boat, they found Jesus next to a charcoal fire he’d built. There was a fish on it, and bread.
“Bring some of the fish you caught,” said Jesus. “And put them on the fire.”
After they had eaten, Jesus turned to Peter and asked him a question,
“Peter, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
“Feed my lambs,” said Jesus.
Then he asked Peter a second time, “Peter, do you love me?”
Again, Peter said, “Yes, Lord. I love you.”
“Tend my sheep.”
Then a third time, Jesus asked, “Peter, do you love me?”
It hurt Peter’s feelings when Jesus asked him again. Did Jesus think Peter didn’t love him? He answered Jesus,
“Lord, you know all things, you know that I love you!”
“Feed my sheep,” said Jesus.
When I read through this Bible story again so I could share it with you, it made me wonder about shepherds, and what their job is. They don’t just sit in a field and watch sheep all day. They lead the sheep to water so they can drink, and to grass so they can eat. They guide them away from danger. Shepherds protect sheep from harm.
Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. We are his sheep. He feeds us, guides us, and protects us. He also loves us.
When Jesus asked Peter if he loved him, and told him to care for his sheep, Jesus was telling Peter to care for his people, to share God’s love with them. Jesus wants us to do the same.
I wonder…how can we do that? How can we share God’s love and care for each other when we’re sheltering at home? Talk to your family, then share your ideas. We’d love to hear them.