Come and eat Here is food for thought!
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Come and eat
Here is food for thought!
As new-born believers our first meal is the Lord’s Supper – usually called communion and taken in the evening which biblically is the beginning of a new day. (See Genesis 1) We take the bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus, His broken body and shed blood that purchases our salvation when we believe, and ushers us, born again, into a wonderful New Covenant. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. This is where our Christian life starts.
Our meal at breakfast can signify our restoration into God’s purposes by Jesus – just as it did for Peter in John 21. Sometimes we need a late or even an all day breakfast!
Our daily bread is of course Jesus Himself - ‘I am the living bread.’ John 6:48. Jesus goes on to say we are to eat His flesh and drink His blood – a difficult concept until we remember that Jesus is the word made flesh. John 1. Eating His flesh and drinking His blood is a meaningful way of saying ‘eat, or take in, the word in both its formats - written and spoken by God for our blessing’. 2 Timothy 3:16 and Matthew 4:4 Jesus is the living word and when we eat His flesh and drink His blood we are taking in truth. This is also clearly pictured for us in the account of the two men on the road to Emmaus – when Jesus broke bread with them they recognised Him who had been explaining all truth to them on the road.
There is plenty of food for all – no one needs to go short. This wonderful truth is shown for us in the feeding of the large crowds, 5000 + and 4,000+, from just a few loaves and fish. Matthew 14:13-21 and 15: 32-39. Plenty for all who come to recognise Jesus as their personal Saviour.
In the Christian life we are warned to expect tribulation for we have enemies – the world and all the adverse spiritual forces detailed in Ephesians 6:12. But take heart. The Lord God has prepared a table for us. Psalm 23 tells us that when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death there is a table prepared for us in the very presence of our enemies! Because of this, Paul can instruct us to stand and do everything to be able to stand - see Ephesians 6.
Finally, we have a wonderful banquet to look forward to - ‘Blessed are those invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ Revelation 19:9. As His bride, of course we are there with Him, our bridegroom. The banquet takes place at midnight – signifying the end of the current age and the start of a new one.
Eat up! Enjoy the fine fare! The banquet may be sooner than we think.