A Seat at The Table
“…That the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” — 1 Corinthians 11:23b – 24
Last week many sat down at the table to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. The meal consisted of turkey, accompanying side dishes, and dessert — the pièce de resistance to a day well enjoyed.
Many conversations took place at these tables — conversations about old times and childhood memories, memories of Thanksgiving past, and highlighted moments of Thanksgiving present.
Families danced together, played together, and observed traditions handed down through the years.
Overall, Thanksgiving 2022 is a day that will go down in family history books all over the United States.
I’m reminded of another table that graced the presence of family, friends, and foe. And even though the attendees were not biologically related, they were kindred spirits by the mission they sought to carry out — making disciples of Jesus Christ.
I’m referring to the table of the Last Supper, where Jesus and His disciples gathered to partake of a final meal before His betrayal.
I can’t say the conversations were about past meals and fond memories, but I can imagine they talked about the ministry and lessons taught by the Master.
This table in 1 Corinthians 11 symbolizes many things —
Life eternally and much more.
However, at this table, the bread of life was broken, and the new covenant was given.
At the appointed time, Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you.” Then, In the same manner, He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
The bread and the cup were to memorialize the sacrifice He was to make. Therefore, whenever the disciples and His followers gathered and reenacted that day, they would remember the Teacher, what He represented, and all He gave.
Similarly, when we sit at the table to partake of a meal, we should be reminded of what God has done, the grace and mercy He extends to us, and the provisions He makes every day.
When we sit at the table, we should be thankful for the 1 Corinthians 11 Table because if it had not been for that table, we would not have the opportunity to sit at our present table.
Join me next week for Coffee on The Couch.