They came for the free bread
When Jesus was on the earth, he did some cool stuff:
Healing the sick
Casting out demons
Loving the unlovely
Jesus did some really amazing stuff.
Once, when there was such a vast number of people following Jesus they did not have enough food to get back home. So, Jesus being the generous fellow he is gave them miraculous bread and fish – enough for 5000 men, along with women and children.
Now, this magic bread trick was quite a popular one. People came to see Jesus for the free food. Jesus knew this, yet he did not tell off the people. He explained that the food he gave them here on earth would not fully satisfy them. He told them that he could give them truly satisfying bread, from Heaven!
‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’
Now today I was involved in a ‘Messy Church’ service. This is a form of worship for families. We had craft tables out (I made a card!) and football and other stuff going on. We spent a bit of time singing action songs and telling stories.
The people who came may have come for a good time, a nice occasion for their children.
Yet what we could offer them was not permanent. We could only offer these families one afternoon a month to hold this event.
We do what we do to point to a greater reality, the greatest reality of God’s kingdom, where families are held in his care, where children can be brought up in safety and love, where we can enjoy the love we share with each other.
This week, I am reminded that what I do here is not the end result, but simply a pointer to something far grander.
It’s been a good day.