Monday, June 4, 2018

Who is Invited?

2018  Submitted by Lara Cook

Yesterday in our morning services we observed the Lord’s Supper.  This is an ordinance – a sacrament, or ritual - that we practice to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross.  There is symbolism in the bread which represents Christ’s body broken for us and the juice which represents His blood that was shed for us.  

We also do this to remember a few other things:

  • We remember who He is…The Son of God.
  • We remember who we are…Sinners separated from Holy God.
  • We remember His sacrifice for our sin.
  • We remember His present mediation before the Father.
  • We remember He is coming again.

Who is welcome to this table?  Who is invited?  There are guidelines we follow such as that it is for Believers (those who have asked Jesus Christ into their heart), and followed with baptism, or are members of this church.  We are to spend time in prayer before we partake in order to ask forgiveness and be cleansed of any sin in our hearts.  If you feel that you are a hopeless case, that you are too far gone or too caught up in sin that you could never be worthy of sitting at this table, then you are exactly the one He wants. 

The Lord's Supper is for Believers striving to obey Scripture.  It symbolizes complete trust in the saving power of Jesus and what He did on the cross, which means forgiveness and grace.  The hopeless cases are the ones He came to seek and to save. 

If you are a sinner…You are welcome.

If you are broken… You are welcome.

If you feel unworthy… You are welcome.

If you fit any of the categories above not only are you welcome, but you are invited, you are beckoned, you are wanted.  Jesus longs for us to come to His table.  He desires we sit with Him in communion and seek His forgiveness, grace and mercy.  He longs for us to remember Him and the gift of His sacrifice on the cross.

Don’t skip this day because you feel unredeemable.  Come to the table, bring everything that makes you feel like you shouldn’t be there and lay it bare, on the table.  Give it to Him and receive His grace.

Scripture to Claim:

Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16 NASB

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