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Honoring Christ in The Meal- Day 4

Meals as a Model for Ministry

Theologians have noted in Luke’s Gospel that there is not a moment where Jesus is not going to, at a, or coming from a meal. The sinners who knew Jesus, met Him as a “friend of sinners” at meals, and Jesus’ enemies were always at odds over the fact that He kept eating with sinners. The famous historian and doctor Luke keeps alive the rhythm of meals and their symbol as blessing or curse. Jesus used meals as a visual display to demonstrate His desire to invite all men, women, and children to His table. However, through each individual’s acceptance or rejection of the eating-fellowship-invitation, we also see a remaining sign in the meal that there were those who were inside and those who chose to remain on the outside of God’s kingdom.

The following diagram shows a bit of Luke’s outline and demonstrates that Jesus’ method of church planting, kingdom building, and his model for sovereign ministry, replication, maturing, and edification not only remains consistent with Genesis’ beginnings but only grows deeper in meaning in Jesus’ work:

    TEXT        MEAL               PARTICIPANTS     SIGNIFICANCE     TEACHING MOMENT
5:27–39         Banquet at       Tax Collectors          Evangelism             "Jesus came to call
Levi's House     Sinners                                                          sinners."

7:36–50        Dinner at           Pharisees, Guests   Reconciliation        "Your sins are
Simon's the       & the Sinful Woman                                 forgiven."
Pharisee

9:10–17          Break bread      5000 Males             Mission/Service      "You give them
at Bethsaida                                                                            something to eat."

10:38–42      Hospitality at    Disciples                 Discipleship            "Mary chose what is
Martha's                                                                                     better."

11:37–54       Noon meal         Pharisees/Friends  All Invited               "Clean the inside
not the outside."

14:1–24         Sabbath at    Pharisees & Friends    All Invited               "When you give a
a Pharisees                                                                              banquet, invite the
House                                                                                       poor, crippled, lame
and blind."

19:1–10          Zacchaeus     Tax Collectors            Salvation for All      "Son of Man came to
seek and save the
lost."

24:36–53     Lord's Supper Disciples                      Missional                 "You are witnesses."

                                                                              Community

*For further reading in the Bible: Luke 5:27 - 5:29; Luke 19:10 - 19:17; Luke 10:38 - 10:42; Luke 14:1 - 14:24; Luke 22:7 - 22:38; Luke 24:36 - 24:53

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