The Feast: today is not just about a lot of food but His words, and on Sunday we enjoy our fill of Him – always more than enough.
The Fast: our full bellies and hearts take us into another week of following our King in the dark trenches. Remind yourself to pray often (you’re going to need it).
Begin with two candles dark and five lit
Where Jesus walked on earth, there was light, shining on everything in His path. It was as if these humans were having their first glimpse of sun after a life’s long sleep (or longer).
“What is happening?”
“Who is He?”
Drawn to the newness of the light, they followed. For how long? They weren’t really sure.
This Jesus was different than anything they had ever seen.
“But how do we know if what he says is true? And if he is light, like he says, then why isn’t he taking away all of the darkness around us?”
“What did he just say?”
“Did you understand that?”
Can they not hear?
Excerpts from the mouth of Jesus in John 8
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
“They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
“I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. “
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.”
“I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me?…you do not hear…”
Snuff out the third candle