August 26, 2018
The end of John’s telling of Jesus’ feeding 5,000 doesn’t end well. Like their ancestors who murmured all the while God kept their newly freed selves fed and watered in the desert, many of these recently fed folk also murmured. More, when Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread he will live forever; and the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh,” they say this saying is too hard. They leave Jesus behind, returning to their former lives.
Peter (speaking for the 12) says, “Lord, to whom shall we go? … We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” How might we come to stand where Peter stands?
At our 9:30 A.M., Sunday worship, in prayer, Word, song, sermon and Meal, we, like the 12, can experience: the truth of the God who Jesus announced AND made present, explained their lives. The grace, i.e., the gift of being, belonging and becoming they had in Jesus, fulfilled their lives. The forgiveness of God pouring forth from Jesus renewed their lives. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.