Text : Matthew 16:21-28
If you could have dinner with a dead person, who would you pick? That is the question Nora asked Karla and I at dinner one night last week. Each of us paused and thought carefully before answering. I gave my answer. Nora shared whom she would choose. And then Karla said, “I would like to have a conversation with my grandmother. And I think I’d have to talk to Jesus.” Nora immediately quizzed me on why I didn’t say Jesus. To which I responded, “You got to be careful talking to Jesus. No telling what he’d say do and then you’d have to do it.”
Case in point, today’s teaching from the gospel of Matthew. “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” And that, folks, is why I will stick with Eleanor Roosevelt as my dinner guest!
Seriously, think of all the dinner conversations that Jesus had with his dinner guests. Corey Fields, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware writes of some of those conversations: [Read more…]