Soul Food: When a Meal with Jesus was more than Food | Week 5
Week 5- Day 1
“ So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” Luke 22:8
“The Last Supper looks back on the first Passover meal, but it also looks forward to the messianic banquet promised in Isaiah 25” A Meal with Jesus, Tim Chester, pg. 103.
For the Jews their celebration of Passover was their way to remember and rejoice over God’s mercy for sparing the lives of the first born of Israel. By placing the blood of a lamb on their doorpost the angel of the Lord passed over their homes.
Jesus, by the shedding of His own blood, has made the way possible for God’s mercy to extend to us. An underserved mercy and one that we can continually celebrate with our risen King! That’s why Easter Sunday is such a day of celebration for all who believe and follow Him.
He is Risen!
Easter Sunday has come and gone but we know that our Savior, Jesus is still alive today and because of that we can rejoice. What a glorious day of worship as we celebrated the sacrifice He made for us and the victory He won over the grave. It’s because of Him that we now can be in a right relationship with God Almighty.
Father, thank you for Jesus. Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice for me and for conquering the grave for me. Show me how to not reserve my gratitude and love for you just one time a year but every day of my life. You are Risen! You are the King! And you know me name. Amen
For Further Reading
A Meal with Jesus, pg. 101-103
Week 5- Day 2
“And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” Luke 22:15
“The Passover became the identity-defining practice of Israel” A Meal with Jesus, Tim Chester, pg. 106.
When we observe the Lord’s Supper on Sunday morning what we’re doing is reminding ourselves of how Jesus suffered on our behalf. The breaking of bread symbolizing His broken body and the cup of wine symbolizing His blood poured out for us.
Notice that the Last Supper, the Passover meal Jesus had with His disciples, was in fact a meal. It was around the table that Jesus communicated what was to come. While our observance of the Lord’s Supper typically happens on Sunday morning, notice here that Jesus is with His disciples and His charge to them is that “whenever you eat this meal, do so in remembrance of me.”
What would it look like if we began to orient our times around the dinner table with friends and fellow believers in this manner? That before we feast at our dinner party or in our Life Group, we recognize the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf. What if instead of the childhood prayers we pray before a meal we re-focus our prayers on Jesus and His sacrifice. Maybe it’s a small shift but one that begins to reorient our focus around the table with fellow believers to truly be an act of worship of Jesus.
Jesus thank you for what you did on the cross for us. Show me Lord how we can worship you more before a meal with my Life Group or with friends. May our feasts be acts of thanksgiving and worship of you. Thank you for the gift of food that can bring us together before you. Amen.
For Further Reading
A Meal with Jesus, pg. 106-120
Week 5- Day 3
“But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad… ” Luke 24:16-17
“Only as we enter into their stories, their hopes, and their disappointments will our message connect and have meaning” A Meal with Jesus, Tim Chester, pg. 127.
In the account of the Emmaus Road two disciples are walking and talking about what happened at the tomb of Jesus. Jesus appears to them on the road, although they don’t know its Him, and He begins the conversation by asking them a question on what they’re talking about.
One of Jesus’ titles is that of Counselor. A good counselor knows the right questions to ask. By asking the right question you allow the person you are talking with to invite you into their mind and heart. Jesus always knows the right questions to ask us and with His help, we can know the right question to ask others.
A wise old saying goes “Be interested not interesting.” The point, ask good questions of people and be more concerned about knowing them than them knowing you. By doing so, perhaps God will minister to them through you. What’s the best setting to ask questions and get to know someone? Around a dinner table.
Thank you, Jesus, for being our Counselor. Show me Lord how to be more interested in people instead of me trying to be interesting to them. Give me the right questions to ask today around a mealtime and use me Lord to communicate your message of hope. Amen.
For Further Reading
A Meal with Jesus, pg. 125-128
Week 5- Day 4
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27
“No amount of human wisdom or philosophy or contemplation apart from the Bible will tell you the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection.” A Meal with Jesus, Tim Chester, pg. 132.
Throughout Jesus’s ministry on Earth, we see multiple times where He quotes from what we know to be the Old Testament. In this part of the Emmaus Road story, which is after His resurrection, He again teaches His disciples about what had been prophesied and recorded about the Messiah.
In our understanding of Jesus, we have to go to the source, God’s Word. The Bible is meant to be our key source of information and understanding and the only way we can share it with others is by knowing it ourselves. God has revealed Himself to us through His Word, Jesus reveals Himself to us through His Word and so we must be followers who know what it says and where to point others to know more about Him.
Thank you for the Bible. Thank you that it helps me know more of you. Thank you that it guides me in life. Thank you that I can share it with others. Teach me Lord, through your Word, to know more and more of you. Amen.
For Further Reading
A Meal with Jesus, pg. 131-135
Week 5- Day 5
“Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.” Luke 24:35
“An encounter with Christ is a call to action, to involvement, to participation. You can’t remain a passive observer” A Meal with Jesus, Tim Chester, pg. 137.
As we have seen throughout Luke’s gospel there is so much ministry that happens around a meal. In each of these moments we’re able to peer into the ancient world and begin to understand the unifying effect a shared meal can produce.
Have we become complacent in our culture? Have we become so isolated or inward focused that we miss opportunities to host a party for neighbors/strangers? How would things in your neighborhood start to look different if you were the one inviting others? How might God use your mealtimes as times of ministry to people who don’t yet know Him? Or how might your mealtimes be used by God to simply encourage and strengthen other believers?
Coming out of a two-year pandemic where isolation was encouraged, the church has an opportunity, an obligation, to be the forerunner in engaging community again. Don’t wait for a church sponsored event to engage with people but rather consider your own dinner table and how God might want to use it for His purposes. For that neighbor or co-worker or distant family member who doesn’t know Jesus yet, maybe having a meal with you may in fact be their opportunity to have a meal with Jesus.
Thank you for food and thank you for mealtimes I can share with my family, friends, and neighbors. God, would you use my home, use my time for your purposes. Help me to see opportunity and to be intentional with people over a breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Show me how to be on mission in those moments and use our church to re-engage community in our city. Amen.
For Further Reading
A Meal With Jesus, pg. 135-138