- http://lockwoodchurch.org/media (Listening time: 27:43)
In C.S. Lewis’s space novel, Out of the Silent Planet, a language expert named Ransom is abducted and taken to another planet where alien creatures reside. Ransom escapes his captors and flees into the vast, mysterious landscape. He doesn’t know where he is going; he just knows he doesn’t want to go with the men who kidnapped him.
He successfully eludes his enemies but quickly realizes he has other problems – for one, how he can avoid starvation? There is plenty of flora (the idea of fauna worries him) but how does he know what is edible? Perhaps nothing on this planet is edible to a human. Is he surrounded by delicious and nourishing food or by revolting and poisonous plants – he doesn’t know. He eventually tries eating some vegetation and finds it nourishing, but even when he makes the decision to try it, he is not sure how to eat it. (Rather like me and a lobster.)
Jesus might be the source of a new and transformative life and energy but if we don’t know how to approach him – to take him in – we might still starve. This week’s message is about the how of our relationship with Jesus. Read John 6:35-65 so you can get the most out of it. If you missed last week, you might want to go online to www.lockwoodchurch.org/media and listen to part one of the message I AM the Bread of Life from 9/29.