Jesus At Our Table (JT)
This series exploring a broad spectrum of generosity through fellowship and hospitality was originally created to support the 2016 40acts Lent reflection campaign. However, it is also suitable to use (with a little adaptation) outside of the season of Lent. Find out more about 40acts HERE
The sharing of food and being hospitable represents generosity at its most practical. Yet there is something even more fundamental at work when we eat together and welcome others into that fellowship. Sitting at a table to eat in Jesus’ time was a sign not just of possible friendship but of acceptance into a totally new, forgiven, restored relationship.
Jesus ate with sinners and with church leaders; he ate with a crowd of five thousand and with children. Table fellowship meant friendship, peace, acceptance and unconditional love: community.
The book of Acts describes the generous community of the early church: ’All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer … They shared their meals with great joy and generosity’ (Acts 2:42–46 NLT).
But why Jesus at OUR table and not at his? At first glance this might seem presumptuous; who are we to invite Jesus to our table? But that is exactly the point. During his ministry Jesus walked the earth without a physical home. Other people’s homes became his. He invited himself and was invited to many tables, and indeed this still happens. That is the beauty of the gospel: expectations are reversed and new truths are born.
God, in his great generosity, seeks to sit at our, and at everyone's, table. Will you invite others to share at the table? Jesus will be there.
These sessions are aimed at youth groups - other resources for small groups, families and school groups can be found on the 40acts website.