"[Jesus] gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good."
A small black stone falls out of my bag, a physical remembrance of a story that now sweeps over me. This was where seven springs enter the Sea of Galilee and the warm waters draw the fish in winter and spring – a fisherman’s paradise. Here Jesus built a charcoal fire and laid out a resurrection breakfast of flatbread and broiled fish. The word for charcoal (anthrakian) appears only twice in the New Testament: in John 18:18, and again in John 21:9. In John 18, we see Peter deny his Lord three times in the cold night at the chief priest’s house near the smoke of a charcoal fire. But here by the water, through the smoke of a breakfast fire, a warm reunion takes place. “It is the Lord!” Peter hears and jumps from the boat to meet Him. And Jesus calls Peter, once again in this place, to follow Him and
“Feed my sheep.”
Jesus died so the judgment coals which we deserve would not be heaped on our heads. Instead, we find forgiveness, redemption, and a call to earnestly serve our Savior and His people.
EVEN IN SOMETHING AS UNASSUMING AS A CHARCOAL FIRE WITH ITS SMOKE, JESUS SPEAKS HIS TRUTH AND GRACE INTO OUR LIVES.