Resurrection beach barbeque.
Scripture, reflection and thanksgiving.
John 21:9-14 "When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead."
Reflection. Christian friends have different favourite resurrection stories; Jesus calling Mary by name and her recognising Him; the Road to Emmaus; Peter and the disciple whom Jesus loved racing to see the empty tomb for themselves. This is my personal favourite - Jesus barbecuing fish and bread (remind you of feeding 5000?) on the beach for his friends. You notice the uncommon denominator? Jesus is risen from the dead! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!
Indulge me for a moment. You have recently defeated death, led the captives captive out of hell, and appeared in locked rooms offering peace. What would you do? What would I do? Maybe a little bit of roof-top shouting, perhaps.
No, our Risen Lord Jesus arranges a beach barbecue for his mates.
Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever.
Not even death changes his care, grace, love and compassion.
The Cross could not hold him.
The grave could not hold him.
His stripes have set us free.
Lord Jesus, thank you for inviting us to join the beach barbecue people.
Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.