I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Jesus loved a good meal.
Every Tuesday for the last 12 weeks, our staff and students have gathered at what we call the “White House” (because It’s a house that is white) to enjoy a home-cooked meal and a great time of fellowship.
It is my honor and joy to cook for everyone. Tonight we had a crowd of about 30 people. Unfortunately, it was our last meal together for a while. One team leaves for outreach on Thursday to southern Thailand, where they will film for three weeks to produce a movie for people in that region. The other team leaves for Nepal next Tuesday. They will share the gospel through contextualized artwork.
I will miss everyone! We have great chats on Tuesday evenings, and I love just sitting down and hanging out.
Tonight we caught a special moment on camera: our friend Shyama eating bacon for the first time! She said it was delicious. Our reply? Of course it’s delicious! It’s BACON! Haha.
Before each meal, I try to send out e-mails letting everyone know what is on the menu for the next week. I realized this dinner would be our last, so I added some of my thoughts about what Jesus thought about mealtime.
It’s pretty tongue-in-cheek, but this Bible story always makes me smile.
Here is the e-mail I sent out.
Subject: The Last Supper
Hello Create Family!
I cannot believe it, but Tuesday will be our last dinner together at the White House. Boo hoo. I have enjoyed serving you so much. I have been thinking about how we can make this a very special time together. You know, Jesus was a big advocate of get-togethers and mealtimes, so we should be too!
One of my favorite stories of the Bible is John 21:1-14 when Jesus stands on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias watching the disciples as they fished. Although they fished all night, they caught nothing, but Jesus (unrecognized by the disciples) told them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” Jesus always knows where to find the fish!
And what a haul they made – 153 fish! They then knew it was the Lord. Well, John knew it was the Lord, and when he screamed, “It is the Lord!” Peter knew it, too. So Peter put on his clothes (for he was stripped for work – what if we worked this way?), “and threw himself into the sea.” Crack. me. up.
The disciples then said, “Thanks, Peter, for leaving us here with this ridiculously heavy net full of fish.” Ok, they didn’t really say that, but I know that’s what they were thinking.
I could read a whole big ton of stuff into this passage and write a short book about it in this e-mail, but in an effort to trim down a note that is getting pretty lengthy, I’ll wrap up my point.
When all the disciples get to shore, they find Jesus there tending a charcoal fire topped with some nice, toasty fish. He then tells the disciples to grab some of the fish they just caught, and “Come and have breakfast.”
Call what I’m getting ready to say cliche if you want, I don’t care, but every time I read this story, I can’t help but think, “What a friend we have in Jesus, huh?” Jesus even brought bread.
To me, those are four of the most comforting words in the Bible, “Come and have breakfast.”
So simple. So loving. So Jesus.
So, as our last supper together, I want to invite you also to “Come and have breakfast.” Only we’ll have breakfast for dinner, and I’m 98 percent sure it won’t involve fishing.
Please pray for our teams as they go out as “fishers of men.”
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