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Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)
TITLE: Jesus cooks, so should we!
By Jenny Smith
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In the Gospel of John, at the very end, we find Jesus doing something a little normal, even mundane, cooking a meal for His disciples. What strikes me is this may be a key we are missing, something as simple as cooking a meal.
The first thing that I see, is Jesus going where they would be, he knew they fished, so he came to the shore. In our churches, we need to make an effort to go to the people who are new, or struggling to fit in. That speaks volumes in how much you care about the person you go see. When they see you, they know you cared enough to go where you knew they would be.
Secondly, Jesus put some effort into what He was doing. The fire that He was cooking on, I believe He gathered it. He bent down and started the fire, and started cooking the fish and heating the bread. He knew their need, after fishing all night they would be tired and hungry. And He was willing to go through the trouble of meeting that need. The people we go to church with have a need for relationships, and we that call ourselves “mature” need to meet that need. It may mean a little or a lot of effort, but how much effort did Jesus display. Even here at the water, He could have shown up after they had started breakfast and been served. Instead He came to serve them, and meet their need.
Lastly, He used the meal He cooked to enable Him to have a heart to heart with Peter. Peter needed to hear that Jesus had a plan for his life, even after his huge failure. The people we sit with in church need to hear that same message, Jesus loves you and wants to use your life for God’s glory. And I believe in you!
Here in the Southern part of the United States, we know meals are a great place to discuss life. It just makes it easier to talk over a meal. When Jesus served the disciples a simple meal that He had taken the time to prepare, I’m sure they felt cared for and valued. Who can we do that same thing for? Will we?
You can find these scriptures in John 21:1-19.
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