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).
Christians have always believed that somehow in the Lord’s Supper Christ himself is present. We have disagreed greatly over how to describe his presence, but our differences here are less important than our commonality. Christ is present with us always, but he gives himself to us in a special way at the table. The exact manner of this may be mysterious, but the truth of it is wonderful.
Lord Jesus, you promised to be with us even to the end of the age. Bless all who take the bread and the cup to know your presence as real and powerful in our lives.
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