Filled

by J. Randal Matheny
bigmeal.jpgSpecial meals are usually big meals. More dishes than we could possibly taste tempt us. Meats, vegetables, casseroles, breads and plenty of carbohydrates promise a feast. Variety makes decisions difficult. Some of us go for seconds, and a few are observed to return three times. And the inevitable desserts draw the sweet tooth, even when the stomach complains.
Afterwards, we come away filled.
The Lord’s supper is a special meal, and a big meal, not because of the quantity of food, but because we come to the table already filled.
Our joy is full, because Jesus has spoken to us (John 15:11; Acts 2:28).
Because we have hungered, Jesus has promised that we would be satisfied with righteousness (Matthew 5:6).
Paul says we are full with the goodness of God, filled with all knowledge (Romans 15:14).
James writes that with the wisdom from above, Christians are full of mercy and good fruits (James 3:17).
John tells us that “from [Christ’s] fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16 ESV).
Paul also prayed that the Ephesians might realize their full potential, that they might “be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).
Physically, it would be sin to sit down and eat a meal after we are already gorged.
Spiritually, it is our blessing to gather round the table and eat the bread and drink the cup, because we we have already been filled with the presence and purpose and plenitude of God.
That makes the Lord’s supper the biggest and most special meal of all.

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