Sunday, March 24, 2019
Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to Me,
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
Invitations. We love to get invitations, don’t we? When I was a little girl even birthday parties merited written, mailed, invitations, and we loved to go because there were always games, and cake, and ice cream. My favorite was chocolate. But we always had to bring a present, you never went empty-handed.
This invitation from God says: come empty-handed. Come into God’s party, come thirsty, and we will be satisfied with waters, with milk and with wine. We don’t need any money, because God has paid it all. Have you ever been short of cash? Found yourself at the cashier with not enough to pay? Had a check bounce? A credit card denied? Gone to a restaurant and not been able to afford what you’ve already eaten? It’s an awful experience, a terrible feeling. But this never happens in the Kingdom of God, because Christ paid it all! We find ourselves in the position to pay for whatever we need, and buy whatever we want. Thanks to Christ, we are preferred customers at God’s market!.
We can labor for worldly bread that never satisfies. Bread is notoriously short-lived, going stale in a day and spoiling quickly thereafter. God invites us to His feast. Jesus, the Bread of Heaven, comes to satisfy us not through our mouths but through our ears: “Listen diligently to Me, . . . incline your ear, . . . hear that your soul may live. . .” Kingdom feasting is on the Word of God. Jesus said, “I am the Bread of life”. Where better to feast but at church?
Gathering this morning, let’s focus on the rich food, the delight of God’s truth. This is what feeds our souls, this is what gives them everlasting life. God promises an everlasting covenant of love, the steadfast love that lasts into eternity. Come, everyone. Come empty-handed. We are going to be filled, satisfied for ever. See you at church!
Before Church is a weekly blogette put out by the Rev. Elizabeth Stone. Connect with Pastor Beth at www.wvlivingstone.com