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Jesus Is A One Course Meal

Posted: Tuesday, May 10

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

1 Samuel 8:1-9:27
John 6:22-42
Psalm 106:32-48
Proverbs 14:34-35 

 

 

 

Verse of the day:

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs.” (John 6:26)


I love a good appetizer, and I love dessert like a desert loves water. Make sure you read that correctly. A desert loves water. Dessert loves a tall glass of milk. Over the years, Mandy and I have cultivated our preferred path of gastronomy. When we have the opportunity for fine dining, we never order two entrees. We order an appetizer, dessert, and then split an entree. Even world class chicken is still chicken, but a crispy zucchini fritte with lemon aioli sauce is a tour de force. Our Wisconsin favorite would be the buffalo cheese curds at the restaurant, Hom, and what could I possibly say about dessert? Dessert is God’s apology letter for brussels sprouts. 

 

 

We love the dynamic flavors and the conversations that occur evaluating something we’ve never tasted. Even if it’s too strong, too sweet, or too sour, we still walk away with the experience. Let’s be honest. We didn’t split a slice of Godiva cheesecake because we were hungry. We wanted the experience. Here’s something that I'm convinced of . . . in moderation, eating this way is a fantastic way to celebrate and a horrible way to approach Jesus.

 

 

Jesus is a one course meal. In John chapter 6, the crowds are begging for an appetizer. “Show us a miraculous sign.” “We want to perform God’s works, too.” They followed Jesus across the Sea of Galilee after he miraculously fed five thousand people. They wanted dessert. They wanted something exciting and sweet. 

 

 

John 6:26-27 // “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.” 

 

 

When we approach Jesus like an appetizer, his value becomes the entertainment he adds to our life. There are only two consumables that Jesus ever compared himself to: bread and water. Jesus is sustaining. Jesus is not hand battered onion rings; he is a one course meal. He is the bread of life.