I’ve just been reading John 21 where Jesus meets his disciples on the beach after the resurrection, I love this passage because Jesus could have just gone down to the beach and met them but He didn’t just do that. They’d been out fishing all night and would have been starving so Jesus cooks them breakfast!
8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
I have read this passage many times and have often thought how frustrating Jesus would have been to work with (bear with me on this one!), The disciples had been out fishing all night and hadn’t caught anything then Jesus rocks up in the morning and tells them how to catch some fish. They then finally get this catch aboard and get to shore and Jesus is there frying up some fish that he has already caught – it must have been infuriating!
Anyway the reason it caught my eye today was that along with the fish Jesus was baking some bread! Bread has always been a staple food and Jesus ate it and used it as illustration lots of times but this passage suggests that he was a pretty capable home baker as well which I find very satisfying!
So there we go, Jesus of Nazareth – carpenter, storyteller, teacher, messiah and baker.
I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of my new wood-fired oven