Three Statements About Jesus
In the New Testament, the gospels give us three statements about Jesus’s coming into the world.
Mark 10:45 - “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a randsom for many.”
Luke 19:10 - “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 7:34 “The Son of Man came eating and drinking.”
The first two statements are statements of purpose. They tell us “why." Why did Jesus put on human flesh and bones and came to dwell with sinful humanity? Why did He serve us in our greatest need? He did so to rescue His people and bring them back to the Father.
The third statement tells us “how.” How did Jesus came?
Eating and drinking.
Wait, what? If Jesus is God incarnate (and He is), wouldn't it be more fitting for this to read: "The Son of Man came with a battalion of angels with full armor and swords!!! The Son of Man came with majesty, and power, and acclaim! The Son of Man came in such a way that was UNMISTAKABLE!!"
Eating and Drinking
The text says, "The Son of Man came eating and drinking . . ." If I’m being honest, that’s pretty anti-climactic. Pretty ordinary. But I’m more and more convinced that this is exactly what Jesus was talking about when he said “go” (or “as you go”) in Matthew 28. Go eating!
Eating is something that every single one of us must do in order stay alive. We all need the power that food gives us in order to continue living. Apparently, Jesus loved to eat – so much so that the scribes and Pharisees described Jesus as “glutton and a drunkard.”(You see how they are trying to give Jesus an identity based on their perception of his actions??)
The Extraordinary in the Ordinary
In the gospel of Luke, we see Jesus using meals to communicate deep truths about the kingdom of God. He used eating to show extravagant grace to the “least of these.” It’s been said that in the gospel of Luke, Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal, leaving a meal, or talking about a meal. I find that assessment to be correct. If you look at our lives, this can generally said about us as well. This is how God created human beings to work in normal life. We eat and drink all the time. And Jesus does extraordinary work during times that most of us would write off as “ordinary.”
Once again, ordinary life is the context in which Jesus is calling his people to make disciples. All of life. Ordinary life.
This week, we will discuss what it looks like to eat and recreate (rest, create) with Gospel intentionality.
Prayer Points to Consider
- If we really believe that Jesus is King, and he has given the ability to commune with God. Let’s ask for the desire (the hunger!) to do so. Matthew chapter 5 says this: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they WILL BE FILLED.”
- Lord, stir in the people of Resonate a DESIRE to want more of you!
- There are those who are part of our family who are struggling with all sorts of things right now.. Work, career choices, finances, addiction, marriages, etc.. Would you ask the Spirit how you could embody the good news of the gospel to someone specific?
In light of last week’s teaching on Celebrating and Blessing . . .
- What’s happening in your life that’s worth celebrating? This is God’s grace! If you can’t think of anything specific, ask the Spirit to show you something!
- Would you be willing to ask the Spirit to direct you to someone that you could bless with your time, talent, or treasure?
Let’s all ask the Father to bring many from our community into the gathering of his people on Sunday morning. Between now and then, let’s ask the Father to show us “low hanging fruit” in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and our homes. Lord, we need you. Help us.
I’ll bet that if were faithful to ask the Father for these things, He would be faithful to move mightily. Let’s pray expectantly, family!