by Roger Thomas

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Symbols of His Love: Breakfast
Object Lessons of Faith
Roger Thomas
John 21:1-18
April 22, 2001

What did you have for breakfast this morning? I'll bet you didn't have what Jesus fixed that morning for the disciples—bread and fish. Actually, that breakfast is not that unusual in Israel today if our trip there in 2000 was any indication.

Visiting different cultures and countries is always a learning experience. Sometimes the most interesting experiences are the little ones. In our ten days in the Middle East, we were always wondering what kind of plumbing facilities we would find at the next stop. I never knew there were so many different ways to design a toilet. I will let Rose describe the ladies room in the International Airport in Amman, Jordan. I won't go there.

Breakfast was a surprise as well. Our group always ate our morning meal at the hotel where we spent the night. The hotels were fine. A couple were excellent; some were Motel 6 quality, but OK. Breakfast was always a buffet. Included were the typical American items—scrambled eggs, toast, fruit, pastries, bagels, juice, cereal. But there were also items that we typically don't see at breakfast. At first we thought it was a specialty of our first hotel in Jordan. But then when we saw the same items every morning, we realized that this was normal Middle Eastern fare. Every breakfast offered flat bread, sliced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, cheese, olives, and various varieties of smoked and pickled fish. What Jesus prepared two thousand years ago was a normal breakfast meal.

This month was have been looking at stories in John that illustrate the nature of the Lord's grace and love and that involve some object or symbol. We were reminded of his passion for righteousness in the cleansing of the temple and the whip with which he drove the animals from the House of Prayer. We watched Jesus wash his disciples' feet with a towel and learned a parable of servanthood. On Easter Su ...

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