Thursday, April 14, 2016

DJD414 - Eating with Jesus

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Psalm 48:8

Starting Question:

What do you think mealtime would have been like while on the road with Jesus?

Eating with Jesus

Jesus lifted a piece of bread to his mouth as he laughed at Bartholomew’s joke. “Yes, Bart,” Jesus said, “Martha’s food has many stories to tell.”

“If it lasts long enough!” Peter said as he stuffed two pieces into his mouth at once, one with each hand. The group of disciples laughed uproariously.

“Where’s the main course?” John quipped, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone!”

Martha spoke up from the kitchen, “Well John, You’re too young to be called a man—you can’t even grow a beard! So you can live on bread alone, boy!”

Guffaws, giggles and snorts of merriment swept around the room.

“Oh, Johnny boy, she got you!” Bart said.

John shook his head, smiling. What comeback could there be to such a well-timed quip? The room quieted as the men enjoyed the bread and water.

“Jesus,” John said after washing down another piece of bread, “Why are people always trying to catch you out? I mean, it’s one thing to have humorous stabs at each other in good fun. But, it seems you get attacked from every angle by people who don’t even know you.”

“People mock what they don’t understand,” Jesus replied.

“Like today,” John continued, “That law expert came out of his dungeon of scrolls and thought he was going to nail you to the wall with his question.”

“Ah yes,” Jesus answered, “He already knew the answer. They often do. It’s the unfaced questions of the heart which really need asking.”

“That’s why you like to answer with stories, isn’t it?” Bart interjected.

Jesus nodded but Peter answered, “That story today—about the Samaritan who outdid the Jewish leaders—you really sent that scholar running back to the safety of his books!”

** Continued in Reading with Jesus tomorrow **

Reflection Question:

Can you think of someting you learned 'later' when you reflected on the situation?

Prayer time:

Before you pray together, ask: What would you like to say to Jesus today?

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