A Lord’s Supper Meditation
I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16
In the Old Covenant, one of the purposes of the ascension offering was to offer God a meal of peace. When the animal was slain and placed on the altar, it ascended to God, and God would be pleased.
Now, in Christ, we are the sacrifice, Romans 12:1 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
We also read in Hebrews 4:12 that the “Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
The knife that sacrifices us, carves us up, and makes us acceptable to God is His Word. The Word cuts us, kills us, and presents us to God as a living sacrifice.
Now, all of this relates to Jesus’s remarks in Revelation, “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”
Have you ever wondered what the church is doing in Christ’s mouth?
We are a sacrifice to God and are in real communion with Him. What sort of communion do we have with God?
Just as we consume Jesus Christ, Jesus consumes us. What is the church, but the body of Christ? Christ is in us, and we are in Him.
If we are a displeasing sacrifice, if we taste bad, if we are not hot and comforting or cold and refreshing, Jesus will spit us out.
Jesus, the One in whom we belong has the authority to excommunicate us from His body, to remove us from His communion, from His body, and He says that He does this by spitting us out.
We do not want to be God’s cosmic loogie. We want to be chewed up and incorporated into the body of Jesus Christ, that is where we want to belong.
So, we confess our sins, and we come to this Table in joy knowing that through this meal, the covenant with God is renewed. When God sees us eat the bread and drink the wine, He sees our union and communion with His Son. God looks down from and heaven and says, “Oh, they belong to my Beloved Son. He is in them and they are in Him, and I love them.”
So, come and welcome to Jesus Christ.