When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”
John 21:9-10 (NIV)
Cooking outdoors is one of the pleasures of summer in Canada, but it can pose additional hazards for people and the environment. In most communities, you must have a permit to burn any material or substance, In Vancouver, for example, cooking food on an appliance designed for that purpose like a barbecue is allowed on private property and in some parks and beach areas.
Wood burning appliances, such as chimineas and fire pits, are not allowed anywhere on private or public property in Vancouver.
One of the things I love about Jesus was that He was fully human and He loved being so. One of the most common phrases in the Gospel of Matthew in describing Jesus was “the Son of man.” He who is the Creator God became a part of His creation. Except that He never sinned, He lived a completely normal human life – He ate, slept, laughed, cried and died. He loved being in fellowship with other human beings. This was the case even after His resurrection. John 21:9-10 says, “When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’” The disciples had been fishing all night, and while they were out on the water, Jesus arrived. He built a fire for them and made bread. The King of the universe had prepared the meal for the men’s breakfast. That is how fully human Jesus was. He still loves to join us and fellowship with us. No matter how mundane your life might me, or how common your activities are, Jesus is happy to join in, like any friend.
These have been words from the heart.