Danielle Kemp on Is There Room at Your Table for the Outsiders of the World This Easter?

This Easter, as we rejoice in the fulfillment of God’s promise to mankind through Jesus’ death, that destroyed our bondage to sin, and his resurrection, that brought us the promise of new life, we also want to remember Jesus’ humanity – that He came to Earth to live as one of us, to impart certain traits and qualities, and to show us the Kingdom of God is revealed by how we interact with one another and the world.

Did you ever notice that the stories about Jesus in the Gospels usually revolve around a meal? Tim Chester, the author of A Meal with Jesus, writes that “Jesus was either going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal.”

Interestingly enough, it seems that by doing this, Jesus was moving the center of God’s activity away from the Temple and to the table. The Temple in Jesus’ day was a pretty exclusive place, and of course the closer you got to the Holy of Holies, the more exclusive it became. Gentiles could only visit the Outer Courts, Jewish women could only visit the Inner Court, Jewish laymen could only visit the Inner Court of the Israelites, only priests could visit the more central “Holy,” and finally, only the High Priest could visit the very inner Holy of Holies for 1 day a year.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Danielle Kemp

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