Family Meal

by J. Randal Matheny
“So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.”
1 Corinthians 11:33 NET
The Lord’s supper is a family meal. It is for those who celebrate their redemption. It is for those who have been bought by the blood of the cross, who stand in a covenant relationship with God.
This is why children and visitors do not eat at the Lord’s table. We teach our sons and daughters that this privilege is for those who are in Christ, who have been baptized into him.
Though we do not do like saints in the centuries after Christ, sending the non-Christian out before eating, we do understand that at the Lord’s table some may and some may not eat.
We do this, not to exclude, for it is not ours to invite or prohibit, but to accept the lines the Lord has drawn. The line between Christian and pagan, between saved and lost, between children of the heavenly Father and those on the outside of his family.
No insult is intended. Christians are in Christ because of grace. This reality must be accepted before we can turn our attention to helping those outside the kingdom to becoming followers of the Lord.
While many families will be sharing meals this week, this meal today is our banquet as God’s children. Let us eat, let us drink, let us give thanks to our Father who has brought us the kingdom.

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