Preparing For Worship: Eating & Drinking With Jesus

Preparing For Worship: Eating & Drinking With Jesus

John Haralson   •   June 2, 2017

Sin cannot be overcome by human determination, human capacity, or human moral resolve.

Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.
St. Teresa of Avila

Dear Friends,

recent study has shown that using Instagram can cause teenagers to feel depressed. Anecdotally, I can say that some adults (ahem) feel depressed after using Instagram as well.

Now, I don’t want to turn this into an anti-social media tirade, but think about it. When we look on Instagram, we see pictures of our friends and loved ones eating perfect meals, hiking in beautiful locations, and raising incredible children. Now, we now all of their posts have been taken, re-taken, cropped, photo-shopped, and filtered, so they look just right (we know this because this is how we roll on Instagram). But, nonetheless, we see these posts and feel like others have somehow broken the bonds of sin, death, and ordinariness while we are still mired in our own messy, half-baked lives.

So, we conclude, if we only diet a little bit more, if we only change our priorities one more time, if we only try just a little bit harder to be better, then perhaps we can “break through” and get on the other side of sin, decay, and death. 

Jesus said that this kind of promise is like a well-aged wine. It goes down smooth and it’s intoxicating. It gives us a buzz and makes us feel good. He also says that this is a lie that will ultimately destroy us.

In place of our flawed, tired, half-thought out efforts, Jesus gives us himself. He is the only one that can set us free from sin. And, truth be told, you only have to try a little while to defeat your own sin to know that it’s far more powerful than you. But, Jesus offers us something different. In his own life, death, and resurrection, Jesus offers us a new garment―clothing that covers our sin fully (not like our self-help garments that have those obvious holes in them). In himself, Jesus offers us new wine―something that may be odd at first taste, but will get fuller and more delicious with every passing year. 

So, come to the wedding banquet of Jesus. Let him clothe you. Let him give you good wine to drink.

This week: Eating and Drinking with Jesus, Luke 5:33-39.

Liturgy is here

I hope to worship with you.

Warmly in Christ,