Oct 3, 2007

The Lord's Table

Jesus never owned anything all His life. He never owned a home. He never owned land. He ate as a guest at the table of others. Jesus was poor and penniless, yet Jesus never lacked a thing.

It's interesting that we would call the table of the Lord's Supper, the Lord's table. Because it really wasn't His table. He had to borrow that table. He borrowed the room which He and the disciples gathered. He had to borrow the food.

It was the custom of Jesus to be invited to the table of others. And Jesus was often times criticized severely for the company He kept.

Only one time did Jesus invite His disciple's to His table - it was the day which the Lord was to be betrayed. He gathered with His disciples in that borrowed room, and broke bread and shared wine with them on a borrowed table. And Jesus offered the disciples the only thing and everything He had - His whole life.

He broke bread and said to them, "This is my body broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me." And then after they supped, Jesus took the cup and poured out the wine and said, "This is the blood of the new covenant, poured out for the forgiveness of sins. Do this also in remembrance of me. Because every time you eat of this bread and drink of this cup, you proclaim my death, and my resurrection, and my coming again."

All who have said "yes" to Jesus are welcome to the Lord's table.

And Jesus continues to be criticized for the company He keeps and welcomes to the table. Jesus has always welcomed the messed up, broken, wretched people to His table in order to renew them and change them. And that is the only reason why people like you and me can come to the table.

So the next time you are standing before the Lord's table. Remember that Jesus gave His absolute best. He gave of Himself so that we might be forgiven and be the people of God.

Since Jesus gave His best, it's only right that we do the same.

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