My time in Israel was short, so I knew in advance what sites I would visit once I got there. By now, it’s no surprise to anyone that Galilee was on my must-see list. You don’t have to spend a long time there to see why Jesus spent most of His time ministering in that beautiful region. I find it fascinating that it’s where He had called Peter to follow Him and where the two of them walked on water together. It’s also where He told His disciples, especially Peter, to meet Him after His resurrection and where they had breakfast together (Mark 16:7; John 21).
In Luke’s Gospel, we’re told that when the risen Christ appeared to His disciples, they thought He was a ghost. So He asked them if they had anything to eat and they gave Him “a piece of broiled fish” (Luke 24:42). He ate it, proving to them that He had a body capable of eating not just the common food of the day, but also one that requires work as you have to debone it to eat it.
The celebration of His resurrection didn’t end on Easter Sunday or Monday. The risen Lord invites us to fellowship with Him everyday as He continues to renew our call in life as He did for Peter (see John 21:15-23). His invitation to His disciples to have breakfast with Him that early morning by the Sea of Galilee (v.12) is extended to all who are still looking for Him.
(By the way, the fish in Israel, especially of the Sea of Galilee, is amazing! I had no problem eating the three fish on my plate!)