Jesus wants us to feast. Most of all, Jesus wants us to feast on Him. Here’s what He means.
Main Text: John 6:25-71
The kingdom of Jesus is a table where all are welcome--that's our series and next year in a nutshell.
The past few weeks we’ve been challenged to embody Jesus’ grace by inviting others into our everyday lives. We want to invite them to eat at our table. We want to invite everyone we can, even and especially the marginalized, outsiders, and ‘the least of these.’
So how do we actually do this? And how do we do it well, in a way that might actually transform our neighbors and neighborhoods?
This week’s passage shows us that we need more than plain old, everyday bread. We need Jesus, the bread who gives permanent life.
Food is part of what drew people to Jesus. But He wanted them not to settle for full bellies. (John 6:26-27)
Jesus offers heavenly bread that gives permanent, irrevocable life. (John 6:32-33)
Jesus Himself is this heavenly bread that will satisfy all our hunger and all our thirst. (John 6:35)
Jesus wants us to feast on Him. We do this by believing in Jesus (verses 29, 35, 40, and 47), coming to Him (35, 37, 45), looking at Him (40), learning from the Father (47), and abiding in Jesus (56).
If we’ll spend our lives feasting on Jesus, we’ll have power to effectively invite others to His table, where they might feast on Him too.
How delightful would life be if we listened to Jesus and joined Him?
We're having a year at the table--a year where we partner with Jesus and love our neighbors as actively, warmly, and simply as we know how. We're going to make a habit of hosting our neighbors for dinner, inviting them to feast on Jesus with us.
Will you join us?