Meals as Enacted Hope

Luke 9:7-20

Meals as Enacted Hope

Luke 9:7-20

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Mark Schledorn


  1. Herod’s Self-Celebration Banquet
  2. A Wilderness Banquet
  3. A Messianic Banquet


Malachi 4:5-6

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.


Deuteronomy 18:18

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.


Darrell L. Bock

The entire Gospel of Luke declares that Jesus defies our attempts to categorize him. The claims of Jesus are not one among many. They’re not simply words to live by. Jesus brings a unique time of fulfillment to God’s plan of salvation that calls for decision.


  1. Jesus stops what He is doing and welcomes the crowds.
  2. Jesus preaches the kingdom of God.
  3. Jesus cures those who have need of healing.


Tim Chester

Jesus is preparing the disciples for his absence. The day is coming when he will give them — as he gives us — another impossible task: to proclaim repentance and forgiveness to all nations. What can we do? Jesus asks us what resources we have, and he asks us to have faith. That day the disciples took home twelve baskets of leftover food. The impossible task was not only completed, but was over-completed! And those twelve disciples are now two billion disciples and counting.


Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples

a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,

of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.


And he will swallow up on this mountain

the covering that is cast over all peoples,

the veil that is spread over all nations.


He will swallow up death forever;

and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,

and the reproach of his people he will take away

from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.


It will be said on that day,

“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him,

that he might save us.

This is the Lord; we have waited for him;

let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.


Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples

a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,

of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

And he will swallow up on this mountain

the covering that is cast over all peoples,

the veil that is spread over all nations.


B.D. McClay

We like to do this in part because that's how you restore the aspects of in-person friendships to virtual ones. But we also do it because we're lonely. Lots of us get up in the morning and wonder if anybody would notice if we didn't. Lots of us wonder how many of the people in our lives know us very well, how many of them would want to, and how many of them would care to know us if they did. That they turn for some kind of reassurance to the anonymous arms of strangers isn't that surprising. Who else has a desire to know you that you can trust as sincere, except those you don't know at all?


Tim Keller

To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.


Jesus establishes himself as:

• The Lord of nature

• The Lord of the supernatural

• The Lord of providence

• The Lord of life and death

• The Lord of creation


Revelation 4:9-11

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.


Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things.


Darrell L. Bock

There is no greater tragedy or error of judgment in life than to underestimate Him. To miss the one who who possesses the gift of life is miss life itself. To understand Him as the Christ without understanding who the messiah really is leaves us short in understanding Jesus. … There is a hierarchy in the plan of God, and Jesus stands at the top of it, ministering for God on our behalf from the right hand of the Father.