Week 36: Saturday

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 God makes all things new, he will set a great feast for his people. We will dine with the Lord, our bridegroom, at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Many of the prophets speak of the age to come in terms of a bountiful banquet. Our little bread and wine are a foretaste of that great day. It is a tiny sample, just enough to taste God’s eternal kingdom.

Fill us with hope, Lord, as we celebrate this supper until you return. We look forward to the day that we will dine with you and rejoice that we already have a taste of eternity.

Saturday: Ezra 2.1-4.5; 1 Chron. 3.19b-24

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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