Wed, 12 February 2014
February 2, 2014
I Was Hungry!
Synopsis: A few weeks ago I made reference to Murphy’s Law as a way of drawing attention to the phrase, “Jesus said.” After that I called your attention to what God the Father said of Jesus and what the disciples Peter, James, and John were to do. Simply put “listen to him!” or “hear him!” Today, I want to call your attention to what Jesus said about feeding the hungry.
Have you ever been hungry? I mean really hungry, not the kind of hungry that comes between meals, but the kind of hungry that comes because there is no meal. I know that a lot of know what it is to fast for a certain period of time, maybe for a religious observance, but most often because of a medical test. That is not the kind of hunger I am referring to. I am referring to the kind of hunger that most of us don’t live with day after day. Those who are hungry matter to God.
Jesus told a story about the separation of the sheep and the goats in which one of the criteria he named was feeding the hungry (Matthew 25:34-40). It is what Jesus taught His disciples to do and what they were to teach others to do. You might call it a sign of life, eternal life.
Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 17:5, John 14:1-7; Matthew 25:34-40; James 1:22-25, 27; Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians
Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:34-40