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05/29/2009

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Dinner With Jesus


"While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with Him and His disciples" (Matt. 9:10).

I am an admitted food snob. There are just some things that I do not like. I will not bore you with all the weird details, but those that know me, know my idiosyncrasies. I do like to go out to dinner.(don't like buffets) There I can choose the exact place and things that I want..By the way, Jane is very good in indulging my oddities.

In the preceding verse, Jesus had chosen Matthew, a tax collector, to be one of His disciples. I guess that Matthew then invited Him and the others to dinner. While they were there, "many tax collectors and sinners" came and ate with them. Tax collectors were even held in low esteem in those days..We have a great example of what we would call "personal evangelism" here. The fact that Jesus ate with them did not go un-noticed by the religious leaders of the day. They questioned the propriety of eating here with these people. "On hearing this, Jesus said, '" It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick.....I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners."' As the salt of the earth, we too can help others come to the Lord, but only by having contact with them.

The next dining experience with Jesus come in Matt. 14: 14-21. We commonly call this the "feeding of the five thousand." What a great dinner this must have been.(since I like both bread and fish, I think I would have liked this one) At this dinner, Jesus showed the power of His prayer and His word. He spoke and the food just multiplied. There are lots of lessons in this dinner. The same power that was in Jesus' words on that day are in His written word today. There is power in the Word today to save the lost.(1 Pet. 1:23) Before the meal, Jesus gave thanks. We ought to always give thanks for the blessings of the day. Finally, a lesson on economy. When they had their fill, Jesus instructed His disciples to "gather the pieces that are left over.(12 baskets) Let nothing be wasted" (Jn.6:12).

I think I may save a few of the "other dinners" for a later devotional, but will finish in John 21: 3-13, where the disciples who had fished all night caught nothing. I am sure that you are familiar with the story as Jesus instructed them to "throw out the nets on the right side of the boat (as if they hadn't tried that before...) and you will find some." A wonderful lesson from the dinner that ensued is that Jesus came not to buy us dinner, but to supply it..."just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve," Just as He came to give and not receive, we get the wonderful lesson of giving and service. The next time you go out to dinner, think of dining with Jesus

Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good. Love mark Phil. 4:11

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