23
Mar
16

Welcome At His Table

Everyone is welcome at the table.  If you ever have doubts about partaking in Communion, just know that Judas was at the first Lord’s Supper.  Jesus could have sent him away before the supper.  Jesus knew what Judas had been contracted to do.  Yet Jesus allowed him to partake of that first Lord’s Supper.  This new covenant in the blood of Christ is for all – the vilest of sinners and the most forgiven of saints.  In our own sinfulness, we know that we do not deserve to commune with the Lord at the table.  Yet He welcomes us to partake.  He invites us to examine our hearts and our lives.  He encourages us to do this in remembrance of Him.  In the messiness of our lives, Jesus reminds us that His blood signifies a new relationship between God and His creation.  Through His blood, we are washed clean.  Through His blood, our scarlet sins are made white as snow.  Whatever you’ve done, you are welcome at the table.  Whatever you’re doing, you’re welcome at the table.  Whatever you will do, you are welcome at the table.  By His grace, He heals us.  By His sacrifice, He purifies us.  By His Spirit, He sanctifies us.  The next time you feel unworthy to eat of the bread and drink of the cup, remember that Jesus did not turn Judas away from the feast and He won’t forbid you either.
 PRAYER: Lord God, I am grateful that You don’t reject me or turn me away from the table of fellowship and communion.  You know my many sins and faults.  You see my failures.  Yet, You never say that I am unwelcome even though I feel so unworthy.  Thank You for Jesus who cleanses me from my sins.  Amen.

Luke 22:20-23 (NIV)

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed.  But woe to that man who betrays him!” 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
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