Summary: The Lord's supper was prepared by others, but the Lord's breakfast is really just that, it is the Lord's breakfast that He prepared Himself. This is the only men's breakfast we read about in the Bible, and the Lord of the universe is both the host and the cook.
The Bible says God's mercies are new every morning, and the result is that many of His
blessings have come to His people at breakfast. Hudson Taylor, the founder of the China
Inland Mission, tells of this event in his life as he prepared to go to China. When he got to
China he knew he would have to depend upon God alone, and so he began to practice while
yet in England. He decided that he would move man through God by prayer alone. He
worked for a man who needed to be reminded every time his salary was due. Taylor was
determined to trust God to move him and not do so directly. He began to pray for God to
bring this need to his employer's mind. The time came for his quarterly salary, but Dr.
Harley made no mention of the matter. As the day passed, Taylor prayed without ceasing
until finally he was down to one coin that was worth about one dollar.
On Sunday he had a full day of Christian service, and after the last service at about 10 at
night a poor man asked him to come and pray for his wife who was dying. The man was a
Catholic and so he asked him why he did not send for a priest. The man explained that he
had, but the priest would not come without a payment of 18 pence which the man did not
possess. That reminded Taylor of just how poor he was also at that point. His last coin was in
his pocket and all he had at home was some water-gruel for breakfast. He had nothing for
dinner the next day. He thought how gladly would I give something to these poor people if I
only had more, but to part with his last coin was not even thinkable. When he got to the home
he saw a miserable and wretched sight with five children with sunken cheeks. They were
slowly starving, and there was the poor exhausted mother lying on a pallet.
He began to struggle with himself. He tried to offer words of comfort, but inside he was
calling himself a hypocrite, for he was telling them to trust God, but he would not trust God
alone. He was clinging to that last coin as if that was his only hope. He prayed and rose to
leave. The father said, "You see the terrible state we are in. If you can help us, for God's
sake do!" At that moment the word flashed into his mind, "Give to him that asketh of thee."
He reached into his pocket and pulled out his last coin and gave it to the man. Joy flooded his
heart, and he was again on track of trusting God alone and not God plus a coin. He walked
home rejoicing, and that night he reminded the Lord of His Word which said, "He that giveth
to the poor lendeth to the Lord." He asked God to not let his loan be a long one for he had no
dinner for the next day.
The next morning he rose and sat down to eat his last plate of porridge. While he was
consuming this final bit of food, there was a knock at the door. It was the postman with a very
unusual Monday morning delivery. When he opened the letter he found a blank piece of
paper out of which fell half a sovereign. He writes, "Praise the Lord," I exclaimed, "Four
hundred per cent for a 12 hour investment." This was not the end of the story for he did get
his salary also in answer to prayer, but this blessing at breakfast so convinced Taylor that he
could trust God alone to meet his every need that he went on to start the greatest missionary
movement in the history of China. That breakfast was the beginning of a great movement in
fulfilling the Great Commission.
Jesus loves to do some great things at breakfast. As we focus our attention on the beautiful
breakfast on the beach in John's Gospel, let us keep in mind that it was indeed
the last breakfast. We hear much of the last supper, but here was the last breakfast that Jesus
had with His disciples, as far as the record of the Bible reveals. It was also a breakfast of
beginnings, for Jesus here taught the disciples the same lesson Hudson Taylor needed to
learn. He taught them that He can supply their every need, so they are to follow Him and fish
for men, and trust in Him alone. This breakfast was also the beginning of a great missionary
movement. The movement that began the history of fulfilling the Great Commission.
Many great movements begin with decisions made around a meal. Here is one of the