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).
At the simplest level possible, the Lord’s Table is a family meal. It is eating and drinking together with our brothers and sisters, not only here and now, but everywhere and always. Like any meal, the Lord’s Supper provides nourishment. Our gracious and loving Father feeds his family. The outward physical meal is small, but God’s inward spiritual grace is unending.
As we hunger and thirst for righteousness, nourish us, our Father, with your grace, and fill us with your strength through the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.
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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