Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | February 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015 “Sunday Dinner”

“I am the Bread—living Bread!—who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this Bread will live—and forever! The Bread that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this flesh-and-blood self.” (John 6:51)

Good Morning and Blessed Lord’s Day to all of you!

When I was growing up. Sunday dinner was always a bigger deal than most other meals we’d eat as a family. During the week, we weren’t always seated round the same table even for the evening meal. My dad wouldn’t get home from work sometimes until mid-evening. My brother, sister and I would have after school activities that often coincided with the traditional evening meal time. These factors made it difficult to coordinate a time for a real family sit-down dinner. But Sunday was different. Dad didn’t have to work. Mother was home, as were my brother, sister, and I. So we’d have a nice dinner around the table together as a family, usually something with all the trimmings, including dessert, which we did not normally have during the week. I do remember those times fondly. There was plenty of food, and no need to go hungry. It was a real “Sunday Dinner.”

With Christ’s coming, the entire concept of a true “Sunday Dinner” came into play. He came into a world that was literally starving for what He had to share with them. Not that God had not provided for them in the past. Every Jew knew of the manna…the “miracle bread” , provided by God during the flight from Egypt. But all of them eventually died. But Jesus refers to himself as the true “Manna” the true “miracle bread of heaven”, which would provide everlasting life for those partaking of it. No one ever spoke like that before. No one had ever been so bold as to say that he was “the bread of heaven itself. No one…until Jesus. As Christian author C.S Lewis wrote,

“This Man (Jesus) suddenly remarks one day, ‘No one need fast while I am here.’ Who is this Man who remarks that His mere presence suspends all normal rules?”  

Who is this man indeed? Who is this man who claims that it is he, and only he, who can bring everlasting satisfaction, life in abundance, and life forever to the starving heart? Who is this man whose “mere presence suspends all normal rules?” Who is this man who told the Samaritan woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” It is Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. He is the true “Sunday Dinner.” Let’s Pray!

Jesus, My Lord; No earthly meal satisfies as do You. No banquet can compare with the banquet you provide for the hungry heart and the thirsty soul. There is none like You, O Lord. To dwell forever in Your presence is my greatest desire. My thanksgiving and my praise are eternally Yours, my Lord and my God. Amen!

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