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Luke 24:36b-48

An Open Mind

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Luke 24:36b-48
An Open Mind

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: fruits, vegetables, a Bible.

To grow and become strong, what must you do? Yes, you must eat good food. Do you consider fruits and vegetables to be good food? Okay, let’s have some fun and see if we can solve a few fruit and vegetable riddles. (Use as many or as few as time allows.)

I am a vegetable. I am green and I’m shaped like a tree. (broccoli)

I’m a berry. I’m tiny, round, and blue. (blueberry)

I’m a vegetable. I’m orange on the bottom and have a green top. (carrot)

I am a fruit. I have a long shape. I’m yellow and monkeys like to eat me. (banana)

Some people think I’m a vegetable, but I’m a fruit. I’m red and have seeds inside. Sometimes I’m mashed up and made into spaghetti sauce. (tomato)

All of these fruits and vegetables are healthy choices and tasty too.

When Jesus reappeared to his disciples, after his death, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” (24:41).

They gave him some broiled fish and he took it and ate it while he was with them. He then explained to them how everything that had been written about him was being fulfilled.

The Bible tells us “he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures” (24:45) – what had been written about his life and death and his appearing again after death.

We have talked about growing and becoming strong by eating good food. We must open our mouths to eat – letting the healthy food in. We must also open our minds and let the good news, which Jesus brings, become a part of us. We are told God will help us understand. We grow and become strong Christians by opening our minds to what God is trying to teach us. Open your mind to God’s word and receive his love.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan