Consider this: Jesus never eats alone.
In every record of Jesus eating, he’s eating with others.
He never eats alone.
My friend David McDonald, who pastors a church in Michigan pointed this out to me.
I’d never noticed this before.
Jesus spends time alone. He’s regularly going off alone to pray.
Sometimes when others eat, Jesus doesn’t, saying
“My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work.” John 3:34
But when Jesus eats, he eats with others. We never see him eating alone.
Why? It has to do with Jesus’ mission – with why he came. Jesus said that the reason he came was “to seek and save what was lost.” Do you know when he said that? After sharing dinner with a notorious sinner, a tax-collector name Zacchaeus!
Jesus could have preached to Zacchaeus while the wee little man was still perched in the tree. Jesus could have just told him to go give his money back to the people he’d stolen from. Instead, Jesus invites himself over to Zaccaeus’ house for dinner and eats with him. Because for Jesus, eating has a greater purpose.
It comes down to this. Jesus is seeking Zacchaeus’ salvation. Therefore, he eats with him.
We’re always reading about Jesus eating. Why is that?
Because eating is so basic. Because we all understand food. Because we know how to eat.
And because by weaving ultimate cosmic reality with a basic primal function Jesus is communicating truth in a way we can all understand and even more importantly: put into practice.
Yes, he raised the dead. Yes, he exorcised demons. Yes, he confounded intellectuals with ease.
But he also ate.
With Jesus, important stuff is always happening around food,
truth is frequently revealed at meals,
many of the stories you’ve read about Jesus
take place while Jesus is eating.
Eating, for Jesus, was one of the most
provocative and effective methods for
revealing the heart of God and
bringing the Kingdom of God to earth.
And I’m so grateful, because I can do that.
The theological concept driving the book, Kingdom Come, was probably most-famously articulated by the theologian George Eldon Ladd. His phrase “already/not yet” describes the tension between the effect of Christ’s coming to bring the Kingdom and his second coming to consummate it.
In the introduction to the Kingdom Come book, I include two quotes from Ladd:
“The Kingdom of God involves two great moments: fulfillment within history, and consummation at the end of history.”
“[Jesus] did not simply assure people of the future fellowship of the Kingdom; he invited them into fellowship with himself as the bearer of the Kingdom.”
I’d love to hear your thoughts on these two quotes or this already/not yet concept! (Comment here or join the discussion in the Kingdom Come Facebook Group).
#1: George Eldon Ladd, The Presence of the Future, The Eschatology of Biblical Realism, page 218
#2: George Eldon Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament, page 78
What you do tomorrow matters.
More than usual.
Because tomorrow is much more than an anniversary and much bigger than a birthday.
Tomorrow is the day Someone died so you could live.
Love too strong to describe.
Love too personal to ignore.
Love that should affect everything, always, but especially tomorrow.
Its not an issue of “right or wrong” or “good or bad.”
The point is what you do tomorrow
and how you choose to do it
what you believe and
how you feel about Jesus:
The One who loved and died
So you could live in love.
You want your faith to be free and alive and creative and wild. So do I. But here’s the reality:
Without healthy structure your spirituality and mine will dissolve into individualistic self-worship:
life as we want it,
on our terms,
for our pleasure
and our glory.