So there is sin. That is our doing, when we are too self-centered to follow God's way.
Salvation. Well, that's God's doing, reaching out through time and space to give us a chance to start again.
Consider now your willfulness. Receive now your salvation.next >
While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Luke 24:41-43next >
Same scene as yesterday: Jesus, who had been dead, appeared to his disciples. “Look at my hands and feet,” he says, but his disciples were still confused. So to prove he was truly alive, he ate a snack in front of them.
Flip through Luke sometime and count the meals. Jesus ate with tax collectors and Pharisees, with the rich and the poor, and when he wasn’t eating, he was telling stories about meals. Jesus’ favorite picture for eternal life was a feast, where all the famous people from the Old Testament sat around the table with all those nobodies who followed him.
Luke tells this story to remind us of one of the very important ways we meet Jesus: When we share food with others in Jesus’ name, Christ is always there. When we break the bread and pass the cup, he’s there. Pizza with the youth group? He’s there. Meals on Wheels, God’s Pantry, soup kitchens — Christ is always there.
Sometimes salvation feels like a great meal shared with friends.
Richard Vinsonnext >
Bless what I eat, and help me to share with the hungry. Amen.next >
There is no falling that can keep you down forever.
There is no shortcoming that can leave you always in debt.
For God has determined to offer salvation
Every halting step.
Believe, and receive your salvation.
Richard Vinson teaches religion at Salem College, New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary (Charlotte campus), and first-grade Sunday School at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He and his wife, Diane Lipsett, between them have five sons, one daughter-in-law, a five-year-old grandson, a dog, and two cats.
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