There is something holy about sharing a meal. When we gather around tables, break bread together, and share stories, we begin to form relationships and communities. We begin to see that we are more alike than we are different and that on some hidden common ground, we are all connected.
I think Jesus understood the power of a good meal. He ate a lot in the gospels. He turned water into wine at a wedding. He fed huge crowds with bread and fish. He ate with tax collectors and sinners. He shared a long, cool drink of water with a Samaritan woman. He even cooked some fish for his tired disciples, who were still lost in their grief. He was recognized by two travelers as he broke bread and blessed it. He told stories of grain, wine, and yeast. He talked of parties and feasts.
Jesus painted a picture of the kingdom of God with the very foods and crops that people used to nourish their bodies. There is a connection between nourishing our bodies and our souls.
In this devotional series, we will look at three of Jesus’s parables about parties and food from Luke 14. So sit back, grab a good snack or a drink, and get ready. You have a party to attend!