We Come to the Table

by J. Randal Matheny, editor
cross8.JPGAround the table, we humble ourselves that we might have the mind of Christ, to “have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had.” For he “He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!”
To the table, we come alone, that we might find fellowship. For our Lord went by himself to the cross to bear our sins. In his lonely death, apart from friends, withdrawn from by the Father, we share communion.
To the table we come without honor, as sinners and publicans, shamed and scorned. In the insults thrown at Jesus, we discover our worth.
We come to the table in such a sorry state, because during the supper of the Lord we are transported to the hill where Jesus was crucified, and there we see his pain, feel our destitution, receive his blessing.
In his nakedness, by his surrender of the eternal splendor, we are clothed with honor and glory.
In his cry against being forsaken by his God, we find reconciliation.
His salvation by grace through faith leaves us ever humble, for we know our merit has nothing to recommend itself.
The cross contains all we ever need, and the Lord’s supper is, of all meals, most satisfying.

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