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When Jesus won't just do brunch
This sermon is part of the sermon series "No Wonder They Crucified Him". See series.


Of all the things that Jesus ever said, one of my absolute favorites is the thing he says in John 21:12. Maybe you noticed it. The text reads: "Jesus said to them, 'Come and have breakfast.'" Is there anything so simply wonderful as hearing someone say those words—especially if they're accompanied by the statement: "And I'll even cook!"

For the past several years, I've been going to an Easter brunch at the home of one of the families in our church who have this really rare mental condition: They and some of their friends like cooking for and socializing with pastors. No, really, they do. I mean they invite a whole bunch of us and they keep inviting us back. I don't get it, but I'm so grateful for it.

When I get there today, the party will already be in full swing, and the house filled with such wonderful aromas. The host will give me a huge bear hug as I come in the door, slap me on the back, and say: "Hey, what can I get you to drink?" We'll spend the afternoon gorging and guzzling. We'll take off our ties (the shoes we'll lose later). Somebody, not even a reverend, will pray a real prayer of thanksgiving for the many blessings we have, and we'll all say a heartfelt "Amen." We'll buzz about what happened here in church this morning and how glad we all were that that wonderful choir made up for the poor preaching.

If pattern holds, our kids will all run amok. We'll lock them in the basement playroom, but it will be okay. The Johnson home is a safe place. You can be yourself there. You can open up about almost anything, and we will. We'll shake our heads and sigh over that terrible tragedy that happened recently, that friend we have who is so sick, that problem one of us is having at work. We'll laugh at someone's ...

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Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church.us, a nondenominational, multisite church with locations in Oak Brook and Lombard, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:


I. An invitation to breakfast

II. Not just the usual brunch

III. Grace to follow