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What Jesus Does at the Table: Invites

January 28, 2020

“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you.” Luke 22:15 (NIV)

The disciples did not have a supper and invite Jesus. Christ says, “I am having a supper, and I invite you to come.”

Read the account of the Last Supper and you will see that Jesus takes the initiative: “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you” (22:15). “After taking the cup he gave thanks” (22:17). “He took bread gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them” (22:19).

This is not our supper in which we invite Jesus to be present. It is the Lord’s Supper. This is His meal. We do not come to offer something to Him. We come because He offers something to us.

This meal is for the friends, the disciples of Jesus. Bishop Ryle says in Practical Religion: “Sinners living in open sin and determined not to give it up ought on no account to come to the Lord’s Table. To do so is a positive insult to Christ, and to pour contempt on His Gospel. Self-righteous people, who think they are to be saved by their own works have no business to come to the Lord’s Table… For what do we declare at the Lord’s Supper? We publicly profess that we have no goodness, righteousness, or worthiness of our own and that all our hope is in Christ.”

The communion table is for repentant sinners, not for people who feel they are without sin. Nor is it for those who intend to continue in their sin. This supper is for repentant sinners who are looking to Christ to save them from their sin. The table is spread, and Christ invites you to come and share fellowship with Him.

What is hindering you from coming to the Lord’s table today?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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