The Son of Man came eating and drinking…
Robert Karris writes, “In Luke’s Gospel Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal.” Jesus spent a lot of time eating and drinking with people. A lot of time. He did evangelism and discipleship around the table over grilled fish, loaves of bread and a pitcher of wine. Jesus says: “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Luke 7:34).
In his book A Meal With Jesus Tim Chester contends that “the meals of Jesus represent something bigger. They represent a new world, a new kingdom, a new outlook. But they give that new reality substance. Jesus’ meals are not just symbols; they’re also application. They’re not just pictures; they’re the real thing in miniature.” He concludes, “the meals of Jesus are a window into his message of grace and the way it defines his community and its mission.”
This series is based on Tim Chester’s book A Meal With Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community and Mission Around the Table. We will journey with Jesus through the Gospel of Luke looking at the different meals Jesus had with different people, using the meal metaphor to explore the central themes of grace, community, hope, mission, salvation and promise. The series will take us to Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, then on to Easter as we look at resurrected Jesus’ meal with the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
To get the most out of this journey, we will be engaging in the following rhythms until Easter:
- Preaching every Sunday about what Jesus’ meals teach us about grace, community, hope, mission and salvation.
- Reading through the entire gospel of Luke
- Practicing hospitality through shared meals in our homes
- Celebrating communion as well as communal meals as a whole church (3/17 & 4/14)
- A special worship night (4/14) and a Good Friday service (4/19)
- Fasting – if you are incorporating the discipline of fasting this Lent season we encourage you to read this short article How To Fast for Lent