Session 8: Come Have Breakfast

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This is Part 2 of my blog posts about the Gospel of John, Chapter 21.

come have breakfastWhat should a disciple do while waiting for Jesus to come again? Peter decided to use his waiting time to go fishing, and six other disciples decided to go with him (John 21:2-3).

Now, I am not criticizing Peter for going on a fishing trip. After all, he had been a professional fisherman and so going back to the familiarity of his old life provided a serene vacation during anxious times.

We all should take a break. God provided Sabbaths and festivals to the Jews to accommodate their need for rest and restoration (Mark 2:27). Pastor Francis Frangipane states, “The rest we seek is not merely a rejuvenation of our energy; it is the exchange of energy: our life for God’s…” (Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God – 1986).

The danger comes when returning to the familiar means that we return to old unfruitful sinful habits (See Eph. 5:11-12). For instance, the Israelites went back to idolatry and threatened to go back to Egypt while they waited for Moses to consult with God on Mt. Sinai. Additionally, while David wasted his time hanging around his palace, he committed adultery with Bathsheba. Be careful! Waiting for God in the wrong way leads to tragedy.