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31st August 2022


The table set before us

The Lord sets a sumptuous & bountiful table before us.
A table of redemption, relationship & resourcing making every provision for the family of God.
Today we will look more closely at the Table of Redemption.
The place where forgiveness & freedom flow freely through Christ.


For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26


This is a table of Atonement where we remember all the Lord has done for us through His death & resurrection.
We celebrate & remember the great salvation we have received in Christ.
We rejoice in the forgiving love & freedom that flows from Calvary.
At the same time we proclaim that Christ is coming again to make all things new (Revelation 21:5).
The New Covenant & Kingdom of God will then be revealed in all their fullness (Revelation 11:15).

This table is laden with many blessings. A place & time for both rejoicing & remembering.
Here is a meal where we meet (commune) with the Risen Lord in a special way.
In this meal, as we feast on the Body & Blood of Christ, is help, strength, healing, deliverance & wholeness.
We remember who Christ is & all He has done for us & we also remember who we are because of that.
In & through the Saviour we are sons, saints, servants, slaves & soldiers of the Most High God.
The place of Communion truly is a magnificent feast.

It is a table to rejoice at but also a table where reverence is required.
We do not approach this table lightly but with hearts that have been properly searched & examined.
In approaching this table we must judge our own hearts so that we will not come under the Lord’s judgement (1 Corinthians 11:27-31).
It is also a table for TOGETHERNESS. We come together with the Lord & we come together as His children & family.
A magnificent feast & a place of fellowship that truly satisfies & a satiates (Isaiah 55:2, 58:11; Jeremiah 31:14 & 25).
It is an amazing table of spiritual nourishment & strengthening. Feast to your fill!!!


For Reflection

  • Am I comfortably seated & placed at the Lord’s table of redemption?
  • Do I take communion reverently & with my heart rightly aligned with God & others?
  • Meditate upon the Table of Redemption & the Lord’s Supper.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You have set the table of redemption before me,
That I am invited to commune with You through Christ’s great sacrifice.
Jesus thank you that in Your goodness & grace You have forgiven & restored me.
Holy Spirit help & strengthen me to live daily in the freedom that Christ brings.
May I remember all You have done for me & keep proclaiming Your glorious return.
In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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