From Linda Lindsey
He (Jesus) welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Luke 9:11b
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Luke 9:17
...and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” Matthew 17:5b
We see welcome signs in many places. At airports. When entering the city limits of a town or as we exit one state and enter another on the expressway. Outside museums and public buildings. We greet friends at our door with the words, “Welcome! Come in!” We meet returning travelers, saying, “Welcome back!” To be made welcome is to be received gladly, graciously, and treated hospitably. Think how pleasant, how heartening, it is to be welcomed in from the cold at a friend’s door. Welcoming a sojourner is an act of generosity, a way of expressing love and encouragement to the person. Our word welcome from the Old English is translated, “A person whose coming is pleasing.”
Luke’s account of Jesus feeding the five thousand informs us that Jesus welcomed the crowd, He spoke to them about the kingdom of God, He healed those who needed healing, and He fed the crowd. Moreover the crowd all ate and were satisfied. And there were leftovers! Twelve basketfuls of leftovers!
Are you needy? Out in the cold? Discouraged? Hungry? Broken? Come...sit and eat. Jesus makes welcome. Jesus satisfies. His welcome is not stingy but overflowing! The One who makes God’s heart swell with love, the One who is well-pleasing to God, longs to welcome you in. Or to welcome you back. His desire is to receive you gladly, graciously. He is well pleased to welcome you. Listen to Him! He’s calling!