I woke up the other morning with a phrase in my mind. It was a play on words. You’ve probably noticed that I do that. Rather than the movie title Breakfast at Tiffany’s, how about Breakfast at Epiphany’s?
My wife, Becky, encouraged me to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s. At the end of the movie, I was more confused than I usually am. Nothing in that movie made sense. I needed a counselor. In my opinion, Breakfast at Tiffany’s was the original chick flick. Cats would understand that movie. Dogs don’t. The dog writing this article didn’t have an epiphany at Tiffany’s.
What does the word epiphany mean? Here’s some definitions of epiphany from Webster’s and other sources: The manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12); a festival commemorating the Epiphany on January 6; a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being; a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. Urban’s definition of epiphany is a smart-sounding word for realizing you’ve been practically retarded for quite some time. Said crudely but truly.
Did you know some of the Jesus’ disciples had breakfast at Epiphany’s? The breakfast occurred on the shores of a lake. This breakfast was an epiphany by the real Epiphany. It happened after Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion. Peter and disciples were lower than a snake’s belly. Peter had just denied Jesus three times. As do most people when they lose vision of a better future with Jesus, they go back to what they did before. Let’s read the story.
After this, Jesus appeared again to the disciples, this time at the Sea of Galilee. This is how he did it: Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the brothers Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.”
The rest of them replied, “We’re going with you.” They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night. When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn’t recognize him. Jesus spoke to them: “Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?” They answered, “No.”
He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.” They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in.
Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Master!” When Simon Peter realized that it was the Master, he threw on some clothes, for he was stripped for work, and dove into the sea. The other disciples came in by boat for they weren’t far from land, a hundred yards or so, pulling along the net full of fish. When they got out of the boat, they saw a fire laid, with fish and bread cooking on it.
Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught.” Simon Peter joined them and pulled the net to shore—153 big fish! And even with all those fish, the net didn’t rip. Jesus said, “Breakfast is ready.” Not one of the disciples dared ask, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Master.
That is what I call, Breakfast at Epiphany’s. The disciples had the ultimate “Aha” moment. Their thoughts were: “He’s alive. He’s really real. Even when we deny Him, He won’t deny us. Death can’t hold him. He doesn’t live on the ‘I been fishing all night and caught nothing’ side of the boat. He lives on the right side of the boat. He gives us grace, guidance and eternal life when we deserve much less.”
Did you notice that one disciple name Judas was missing? Judas denied Jesus just like Peter. But Judas and Peter had completely different outcomes. Judas betrayed Jesus with an act of love for the price of thirty pieces of silver. However, regret caught up with him and he hanged himself. Regret is inward and destructive. That side of the boat is fixated on past failure rather than future blessings.
But Peter, when He saw Jesus, jumped into the lake and swam toward Jesus, not away from Jesus. Peter didn’t marinate in his failure. He bounced back. He turned his regret into repentance. Repentance means to return to the future by receiving forgiveness. Peter fixated on his future rather than his failure. When Peter swam to Breakfast at Epiphany’s, Jesus activated his future ministry…”Feed my lambs, Shepherd my sheep, Feed my sheep.” That’s the right side of the boat. That’s destiny, ministry and legacy.
Location, location, location! Which side of the boat are we fishing on? Regret or repentance? Our life before Christ or after Christ? Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Breakfast at Epiphany’s?
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