torsdag 4. mai 2017

To do what's natural - a time for everything *

It is a strange paradox that Jesus, before his death, had to make supernatural signs so that people should believe him (1), while he after the resurrection had to do what is natural for all to do so that people should believe him:
While they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.
Luke 24:41-43
Eating is a completely natural activity for us, and when we eat, we normally tend to relax. I imagine that the amazed and tense disciples felt their shoulder sink to a normal level when they saw Jesus eating. Perhaps they thought they also could live quite normal and natural lives even if they had been commissioned to an important mission that seemed too big for them to manage. 
I also believe that this is why the fellowship-meals became an important and integral part of how the first disciples lived and shared their faith.

It is good to be a witness to the fact that God is able to do supernatural miracles through his disciples. However, there is an even greater potential for the advancement of God’s kingdom when the disciples are present with their faith in interaction with ‘ordinary’ people we meet every day. And when we bring them to the church, we must make sure that they get something to eat. Food that will meet both spiritual, mental and physical needs. That is to be human together with humans.

‘Manna’ for today:

Yes, we have something to eat here!
(1) See for example these words of Jesus: Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. John 14:11
* 'A time for everything' is connected with the Bible's teaching about a 'season for every activity' Eccl 3 This series is about the teaching in the time between Easter and Pentecost.

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