“Come and have breakfast.”
Jesus said this to His disciples after He helped them catch an abnormally large amount of fish.
“Come and have breakfast,” He said to them, and they knew it was Him. Eating with Jesus was not something new to the disciples. They knew who was inviting them to come and eat. They knew it was the resurrected Jesus.
Much of Jesus’ time with people was spent over a meal. He ate with people who didn’t look like him, people who were society’s outsider’s in His day: women, people of different religions, tax collectors, prostitutes. He loved everyone and gave us a picture of what is to come: a great feast!
“On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines.” Isaiah 25:6
A banquet of the best food and drink for ALL peoples. That is what is to come, and that is what we are invited into each day. To eat together with those who might seem different from us and recognize that we are all the same, that we are all loved. We are called to walk as Jesus did.
That is what we got to be a part of a few Saturdays ago. Preston Road Church of Christ put together their second Beautiful Breakfast with us in the neighborhood of our friends on the street and all were invited. Fruit, donuts, coffee and casserole were on the menu and time spent with friends over a good meal was a beautiful thing.
“A shared meal is the activity most closely tied to the reality of God’s kingdom, just as it is the most basic expression of hospitality.” Christine Pohl
This breakfast was a reflection of what is to come. It was heaven on earth, in a sense. Not only is this something promised for the future, it is something we are invited to be a part of now.