Table Talk: Week of September 23, 2018

Who is the greatest?

Today in Sunday school we talked about welcoming others with words and actions.

We also talked about greatness and defined what it means to be “great” in God’s eyes.

Jesus, the Messiah surprises us. Sometimes, he surpasses our expectations for what a “savior” should be, but sometimes he doesn’t fit in with our own wishes.

Children can most likely name different ways the world defines being “great,” but Jesus’ vision of true greatness lies in loving God and serving others humbly without thought to fame or fortune.

Jesus said “If you want to be first and the greatest disciple, you must think of yourself as last – you must serve other people.”

Students also discussed the story of Jesus feeding five thousand people, which is an example of serving others without thinking of how it could benefit him personally.

What can we learn from Jesus providing food for five thousand people?

Marten van Valckenborch - Feeding the Five Thousand (July)

When Jesus fed the masses that day, he began with only five loaves of bread and two fish, provided by a boy out of his own lunch. That in itself is indeed miraculous. Jesus’ disciples wondered how this was going to be possible.

Jesus gave thanks for the meal, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples to give to the crowd – amazingly there was plenty for everyone and even leftovers! It is notable that Jesus gave his disciples the bread for them to hand out, instead of doing it all himself.

God will exceed what his followers can do if they would learn to bring him what they have already been given. God delights in taking a humble, seemingly insignificant person and using him or her for his glory.

Table Talk Questions

  1. What do great people do, according to Jesus?
  2. What would you be willing to do or give up to help other people?
  3. What is a surprising thing Jesus said about being first and greatest?
  4. Why did Jesus have his disciples hand out the bread? Why didn’t he just hand out the bread himself?
  5. Why is it significant that a young boy gave Jesus his bread and fish?