A Meal Not Fit for the King

He was a king who had just come back from a land further than any king had ever traveled.  He had just conquered more than any king before him had ever conquered.  He deserved a feast bigger than any ever prepared from the foundations of the earth.

Yet his friends were caught totally off guard.  They should have been expecting him, but they weren’t.  They had nothing for him except what they’d been eating, ordinary as ordinary could be.  Nothing at all fit for a king; nothing at all fit to reward a king who had broken walls that no king before him could even dent.

The extraordinary thing was that he didn’t demand a banquet or expect a full table.  The more extraordinary thing was that he wasn’t even eating because he was hungry.  Rather, he ate for them.  This humble king wanted them to know that he related to them and that he was really alive, and so he accepted table scraps to prove it.

Do you recognize this story?

 . . . Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!

“Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched. (Luke 24:36b-43, NLT)

 

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