We gather to retell and reenact the story of Christ and his Kingdom. The Risen Lord revealed himself to his disciples in the explaining of the Word and the breaking of the bread [the Table] (Luke 24.27–31). Christ commanded his followers to teach the Word (Matt. 28.20) and to keep the Table (Luke 22.19). The earliest Church kept the Word and Table (Acts 2.42). Paul delivered as the matters of first importance the Word concerning Christ (1 Cor. 15.3) and the practice of the Table (1 Cor. 11.23).
When our Lord instituted the supper that we still celebrate, he and his disciples were eating the traditional Passover meal. This meal is called a Seder and many Christians choose to share in this whole meal on Maundy Thursday, just before Easter. The significance of this setting is profound. Jesus is inserting himself into Israel’s most sacred remembrance, in essence saying, “I am more important than even the great Exodus.”
God our Father, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we pray you would open our eyes to see clearly the importance and centrality of your Son, our Lord Jesus, not only in Scripture, but in everything.
Each time we partake of [the Lord’s Supper] we are invited to taste and see the depth of the riches of the Gospel. The good news of God’s kingdom is displayed as the family of God comes together to share the family meal.
~ Uche Anizor and Hank Voss, Representing Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. p. 144.
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Book Discussion: Tuesday, August 2, 2022