Breakfast by the Sea

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Think how wonderful it must have been for the disciples to see the risen Lord by the Sea of Galilee! They had been fishing all night without success. As the new day dawned, the Lord was there. He encouraged the disciples to cast their net on the right side of the boat, and now the net was filled with fish. At first, they did not recognize Him, but this miracle opened their eyes. It was the Lord, reassuring them once again. They would soon start teaching people what they learned from the Lord. But first, He gave them bread and fish for breakfast which symbolize His love and wisdom.

Like the disciples, we can feel the Lord’s presence if we look to Him. We can learn to “fish” for truth in His Word and receive the “bread” and “fish” He offers us. And we can take comfort in knowing that He is always with us, ready to help us find our way.

The Story

Read John 21:1-14

Ideas for Discussion

  1. Imagine what it must have been like for the disciples, fishing at night in a little boat—perhaps thinking about the Lord and all that had happened during their time with Him. How do you think they felt when they recognized Him standing on the land?
  2. What did the Lord ask them? How did they respond?
  3. What happened when the disciples followed the Lord’s instructions?
  4. How did the disciples recognize Him? Who said His name? Who plunged into the sea?
  5. We need to cast our net on the right side of the boat, that is, we need to acknowledge that we need the Lord’s help to see what is good and true. We can do  our part, cast our net on the right side, by  reading His Word. Fishing on the left side of the boat is like us trying to find our own way in life without the Lord’s help.
  6. Think about other times that the Lord appeared to His disciples after Easter morning. If you could go back in time and witness one of those appearances, which one would you choose? Why?

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