Promises Consumed

1 Corinthians 10:16 says, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” (NKJV)

This Table is a covenant table. It is a place where we are bound to Christ and Christ is bound to us, and we as a church are given up to God the Father. Here at this Table we declare Christ’s death to the Father, and call upon the work of Jesus as our sacrifice for the atonement of our sins.

This Communion meal is a real meal that brings to us the real promises of God extending from the Garden of Eden to the resurrection of Christ. This Supper means more than we can express as it brings together the promises of God, and the victory of the Son, and the glory and power of the Holy Spirit.

One pastor has described what happens at this Table like this: “We as children of Adam, are offered the trees of the garden; as sons of Abraham, we celebrate a victory feast in the King’s Valley; as holy ones, we receive holy food; as the true Israel, we feed on the land of milk and honey; as exiles returned to Zion, we eat marrow and fat, and drink wine on the lees; we who are many are made one loaf, and commune with the body and blood of Christ; we are the bride celebrating the marriage supper of the Lamb, and we are also the bride undergoing the test of jealousy; at the Lord’s Table we commit ourselves to shun the tables of demons.” Blessed are the Hungry, Peter Leithart.

Here at the body and blood of Jesus we find bound up the whole covenant of God’s grace, and He calls us to come and eat. Here at the Table our union with Christ is sealed and solidified. His death, resurrection, and ascension are our death, resurrection, and ascension. Christ’s sanctification is our sanctification, Christ is lifted to Priest and King and we are made priests and kings.

As we come to the Table, believe what God says through it, that you, a baptized covenant member of the church have been placed in union with Christ as the adopted children of the Father. Believe this and rejoice, and welcome to Jesus Christ.

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