Meals as a Sign "Of Mission"- Sat, July 23, 2022

Meals as a Sign "Of Mission"- Sat, July 23, 2022

Jul 23, 2022

Preacher: Pastor Mike Sager

Series: Meals as a Sign

Category: Worship Services


In Luke 14 Jesus has been invited over for dinner at the home of an important Pharisee. It happened to be the Sabbath, and all the guests were keeping their eyes on Jesus and his actions. There Jesus heals a man, observes how the guests jockey for positions of honor, and reveals to all the great reversal in the kingdom of God. This great reversal is best displayed in the mission of hospitality. The gift of hospitality is central to both the Old and New Testaments; the need to welcome the stranger is reflected in story after story.

Jesus says, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends, or your brothers, or your relatives or your rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just” (vv. 12–14). The meals of Jesus represent the mission of hospitality.

Our attitude towards others shapes our experience of God’s grace to us. God welcomes us to his party, and so we are to welcome others. The kind of feasting that God desires is “to share our bread and our lives with each other.” We are called to follow Christ into a broken world as we share the mission of hospitality.

Dig Deeper:

Reflect on a time you received an unexpected gift of hospitality. How does that experience help you experience God’s gift of hospitality and grace to you?

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