John 21. 1-14I wonder what you like for breakfast? Cereal, toast, porridge, my favourite breakfast is a
It’s a real treat.
But I don’t think I have ever had fish? In fact, I don’t think I would ever want to have fish for breakfast. Kippers! Yuk. But in some countries it’s a common place as toast.
In today’s reading we find Jesus inviting the disciples to have breakfast with him.
After Jesus died the disciples were lost, what do they do now?
They went back home and back to what they knew. Fishing!
It was where Jesus had asked them to follow him. The sea of Galilee was a beautiful lake, it is 14 miles long and 6 miles wide.
The fishermen would use large nets with weights tied to them so the net could be sunk to the bottom and then brought up with fish in them. The fishermen fished at night because the fish liked the cooler water at the top.
They used flat bottomed boats such as the one illustrated here
Sometimes they used a net between two boats.
The disciples had been fishing all night and hadn’t caught anything.
A stranger from the shore.. called out to them
5 “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[c] 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
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, 153, 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.
This is a great story to act out..
Use a couple of tables, and upturn them to use as boats. Use nets – perhaps make your own or where we are we have logs in bags a few of those tied together would be good also.
Get the children to make the fish.. create a beach with a fire. A circle of stones with sticks and orange tissue paper.
When it come to them putting the nets on the other side of the boat, get all the children to throw a fish into the net.
There are so many crafts that you can choose to go with this craft.
There are fishing nets the children can take to the beach on a pole.
There are loads of fish crafts on this website
A recipe for making simple bread Unless you have loads of time I suggest you send the dough home with them to cook.
Or if you are brave you could have a BBQ – perhaps one of the disposable ones.. and cook fish (or fish fingers) and serve with bread rolls. I have done this and its great fun. The kids loved it. (Just remember the tomato ketchup)
Why did Jesus call the disciples to have breakfast on the beach?
Perhaps, it was to remind them that of their calling?
It was like Jesus was saying to them.. I called you, I trained you, you spent 3 years with me. Didn’t you get it? You are no longer fishermen. (Perhaps this was the reason they didn’t catch any fish. To show they were no longer fishermen.)
There must have been something in his voice for them to trust his advice.
He calls them ‘friends’. Just as he calls us friends.
Jesus still calls us to have breakfast with him, so that he can remind us of our calling..
And once you have encountered Jesus, there is no going back. Life will never be the same.