“Come and Have Breakfast”

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast” (John 21:12).

As a child, the world breakfast was a puzzling one. It didn’t seem to make sense. It was spelled funny and pronounced strangely. And there didn’t seem to be any reason.

Later, it was revealed that the word literally refers to the breaking of the previous night’s fasting. Those who worked outdoors with their hands would need those concentrated calories to maintain their intense level of manual labor. Those who skipped the meal would be lethargic and weak.

In John 6, Jesus refers to Himself as the “Bread of Life” (35). The description may seem an unusual one, except that His arrival marked the end of a long fast from heaven. The period before, of night, silence, and darkness, is over.

Every Christmas we celebrate the breaking of Heaven’s fast.

Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we now can commune with God in preparation for the day. We can break the previous night’s fast. We can have breakfast.

So do you long for Him the way a worker longs for breakfast? Do you rely upon your daily meetings with Him to give you strength and energy for your day, the way a laborer would rely upon his calories? Or do you find yourself weak and lethargic? Do you have a daily quiet time? Are you consuming this bread? Do you look forward to it with great eagerness and anticipation?

I have heard of those who save their quiet times for day’s end. A great start, but switch to the front. Workers work better with food in their bellies. At day’s end, Christ functions not as bread but as dessert.

Put on the full armor of God, before the day of evil comes, so that when it comes, you may be able to stand your ground.

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