As we gather for worship this Sunday and come to "the table" for the Lord's Supper we must come repenting of our sins, trusting in Christ, and desiring to live in obedience to Jesus as Lord. And in coming we are not just remembering. We are declaring who Jesus is, and what we are in him.
Every time we gather together to eat bread and drink wine together, we hear Jesus announcing, "Your sensory appetites are real and good and created, and they are pointing beyond themselves to something beyond all you could ask for or even imagine."
The Lord's Table, then, isn't just a visual aid to remind us, as though it were a memory-jogging tool. As we gather together around the Table, we are being trained to eat at the "big table" in Jerusalem. And we're announcing to ourselves, and to the satanic powers in the air around us, what's really true. "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die" is a sham. The alternative is not a refusal to eat, drink, or be merry. That would be ingratitude. Instead, with the resurrected Jesus we sing out, "Let us eat, drink, and be merry, for yesterday we were dead."
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