Scripture: Luke 22-Luke 24
Don't forget that as this book ends, that its much like a movie that you know will have a sequel. Think of the disciples all watching Jesus ascend, and the movie guy's voice booming, "And they watched Jesus descend and went back to Jerusalem, waiting for the spirit to come...." Acts is the continuation of Luke, written by the same author! And don't worry, we'll get to Acts soon!
What really spoke to me today was the story of the last supper. My parents get back today from 10 days visiting our family in Iowa and South Dakota. We moved here from Iowa when I was 9. We visit often, but not for every holiday. We have wonderful meals together around our table with our family of four (and whatever other folks we can round up!), but part of me honestly does miss big family gatherings. I know while Mom and Dad were visiting they had lots of big family dinners! Maybe that missing family is what made this stick out to me.
But all I could picture was this big dinner. Jesus says in 22:15, "I have very much wanted to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer." He says, I really wanted to eat with you before this. It makes him sound so human! I know that feeling! Then they start to fight over who is the best and he has to break it up. (Something I know my Mom and Dad had to do with Sarah and I!) The Jesus starts to talk to Peter. Catch this translation (CEV) of that discussion in vs. 31-35:
31Jesus said, "Simon, listen to me! Satan has demanded the right to test each one of you, as a farmer does when he separates wheat from the husks. 32But Simon, I have prayed that your faith will be strong. And when you have come back to me, help the others." 33Peter said, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to jail and even to die with you."34Jesus replied, "Peter, I tell you that before a rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say three times that you don't know me."
I'd never heard it that way before!
Application: Are you inviting people to your table? Are you ready to really sit down to a meal with Christ? What do you think about when you take communion--that you are a part of Christ's life? That he specially wants to share a meal with you? Or is it just an obligation? May this reading change the way you see Communion!
Prayer--God, I want to be part of your table. Of your life. Of your family. May I never take for granted the love you have put in my life! Amen!
June 30-- John 1- John 3
July 1-- John 4-John 6
July 2-- John 7-John 9
July 3-- John 10-John 12
July 4--John 13-John 15
July 5--John 16-John 18
July 6--John 19-John 21
July 7--Acts 1-Acts 3
July 8--Acts 4-Acts 6
July 9-- Acts 7-Acts 9