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with Risen Christ in daily life
“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it,
and gave it to them.”
A great part of eastern culture is its emphasis on
hospitality. Many grandfathers and grandmothers find it a point of pride
and joy to prepare and provide a home cooked meal for an invited guest.
Those who have been on the receiving end of the serving spoon of an
especially hospitable host will invariably leave a couple pounds heavier.
When invited to one of these meals, don’t make the mistake of trying to serve
yourself. The honor of serving belongs unquestionably to the host.
In today’s passage, we find a wonderful role reversal
occurring. Since Jesus was invited in as the guest we would expect that
he would be served; but here we see Jesus is the one who takes the bread,
blesses it, and serves it to the disciples. It’s amazing how after Jesus
takes up the position of the host that the disciples eyes were opened. In
a way it makes sense too. As long as we run the show and made him a guest
then we will never see him for who he really is. But, once Jesus is given
that place of honor within our own lives we will be able to see him
We have all seen the sign that says: Christ is the head of
this house, The Unseen Guest at every meal, The Silent Listener to every
conversation. In a negative way it might accurately reflects our own walk
with Jesus. At some point in time, we may have given him that head chair
and ate what he offered. Later on, we became restless and demoted him to
guest status. We change up the menu to foolishly suit our taste, but we
still keep him close by for conversations. Times goes on and eventually
our once glorious host gets another demotion to that of a mute listener.
As the silent listener, not only is his rightful position robbed from him,
his voice is suppressed also. (Now, I doubt this is what was intended by
the original saying, but it is strikingly true in our lives nonetheless.
The disciples learned a lesson that day. Communing with
Jesus as a guest is pretty exciting, capable of giving spiritual heart
burn (vs 32), but communion with Jesus as the host is life changing,
capable of turning distraught disciples into a witness (vs 33-35). Real
communing with Jesus, then, is a daily task of exalting his as the host
of our lives.
Lord, humble me in your presence so that you alone would be
the True Host in my life. Help me to realize that I am a guest in your
world. Allow me the privilege to share in the meal that your hand
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The honor of being the host within our lives belongs to
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…