Bringing the Text to Life
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Perhaps you've heard the expression "to die for." Often, this is used in a mouth-watering reference to food, especially a chocolate torte. Indeed, delicious food is often linked -- not to death -- but to life and immortality. There's even a dessert called "divinity." In China, the gods ate peaches which made them immortal. Then there's ambrosia, the nectar of the gods. And then, of course, there's Jesus, who says he's the "bread of life."
For material based on today's epistle text, see "The Lotus Effect," August 13, 2000, at HomileticsOnline.com.
What if Jesus said, "I am the peach of life"?
Not the bread -- the peach.
"I am the peach of life, from Xi Wang-mu's garden. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
The communion services in churches around the world would be forever changed. Instead of squares of bread, we'd be eating slices of peaches.