Eugene Cho

all jesus wants is to eat with you

last supper by leonard da vinci

There are numerous significant theological and biblical meanings behind the Last Supper (Passover Seder) and while the pursuit of those meanings are worthwhile and powerful, here’s the most simple and as significant:

Jesus wants to eat with us.

Let me say that again.  The Triune God of the cosmos not only created the world and humanity but desires fellowship, communion, and friendship.  And when sin entered the world and humanity to wreak  havoc and choas, God intervened again – with the redemptive mission of restoring Shalom – all that which God intended for us.

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood (John 1:14 / The Message)

Throughout Jesus’ journey, he was eating with men, women, and children.  He ate with tax collectors, prostitutes, sinners, Romans, Gentiles, and even religious folks.

When you understand the significant cultural and spiritual meaning behind “eating together,” I completely understand why the religious folk couldn’t “get” Jesus.  Eating together = lifelong friendship.

Even during the Last Supper – in the presence of Judas who will betray Jesus for 30 sickly silver coins and with other disciples arguing and jockeying for position and power – all Jesus wants is to eat with them.

And herein lies the meaning, truth, and grace of the Gospel:

God/Jesus/Holy Spirit wants to be eternal communion and friendship with us.

He creates it, pursues it, and ultimately sends his Son to restore, redeem and reconcile that Relationship – as the perfect Sacrifice.  Truly amazing.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them, and they with me.

(Revelations 3:20)

And so, I encourage you:  Eat with Jesus.

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If you’re interested, one of our community groups at Quest Church is hosting a Passover Seder meal on Thursday from 6.30-8.30pm at the church basement.  You’ll need to RSVP at office@seattlequst.org if you’re interested.

And lastly, I’m very excited about Easter Sunday @ Quest and the opportunity to share a meal together.  Last year, we ate like this:

quest easter lunch


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11 Responses

  1. Hilary says:

    Don’t forget the significant “Jewishness” of this Passover meal. This has many implications for the richness and depth of meaning that this ritual meal represents (freedom from captivity, God’s deliverance of His people, remembrance and reminding, and understanding of being a people “set apart”- holy unto the Lord.) Jesus didn’t simply “just want to eat” with them- they were performing a sacred Jewish festival commanded by Yahweh, and Jesus was showing his disciples that HE was the sacrifical lamb, instating a new covenant- His blood would be on the doorposts for them now.

    Not trying to be a stickler- what you said is beautiful- just wanting to remind us that there is a larger context here that would benefit us to remember and ponder. If you’ve never been to a Messianic Jewish Seder meal, I recommend it. It is one of the most enriching and awesome Easter experiences I’ve ever had.

  2. Derek says:

    Well written Eugene. Thanks for sharing the simple nature of the gospel.

  3. Beautiful post. Thank you, Eugene.

    I always thought that we Southerners were the only ones who appreciated the importance of food and fellowship, but judging by that picture, you guys could give us run for our money!

    A great book that made me think more seriously about the importance of sharing food/ the Lord’s Supper was “Take This Bread” by Sara Miles. She raises some good questions, including: should we share communion with believers as well as non-believers?

    Great post.

  4. Kacie says:

    I am SO JEALOUS of the amazing-looking Asian food you’re serving up in that picture. Church events here in Texas usually mean fried chicken or barbeque. Not that that’s bad… but I would … well… I would do a lot to get a good spread of Asian cuisine!

  5. cat m. says:

    oh snap! is that fresh lumpia in the right corner?!

    awesome.

  6. gsb says:

    shoot!… too bad the west never considers using rice as christ’s body in eucharist….because if they did, jesus would be present in that kim-bop!! it would be like feast and communion all in one bite…

  7. That spread looks awesome, Eugene!

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
2 We want peace. We want security. 
3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
5 Please don't forget us.

Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
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