The Lord’s One Great Desire
“And He said to them, ‘With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: for I say unto you, I will not anymore eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’”
When the disciples gathered with the Lord in Jerusalem to observe the Passover supper, they did not realize the Lord would be instituting a sacrament for His body, the Church still in its conception, to observe in future generations. The Passover feast was already a memorial banquet that looked back on Israel’s redemption from Egypt. At that particular Passover, the feast would be used to observe and call to remembrance the great event of Christ’s death.
At that supper with the twelve disciples, the Lord was the host, but He was in a figurative sense, the food. Today, as we gather together and remember Him, Christ continues to be both food and host. As food, we partake bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance of the great sacrifice Christ gave of Himself, the death of the cross. As host, we gather around His table, the Lord’s table. Because it is His table at which we meet, Jesus Christ our savior is the host, we ought to examine ourselves, for we can not eat at the Lord’s table on Sunday, while feeding our fleshly appetite with sin the remaining six days of the week.
While we observe the Lord’s Supper once a week, we eat from His table every day. The Lord’s table is where we as believers find our provision, both physical and spiritual. The Lord has sent out an invitation to every man, woman, and child to eat at His table, and we accept the invitation by believing on Christ and receiving Him as personal savior.
Christ’s greatest provision for His sons and daughters is the giving of Himself at the cross. Therefore, the most important meal of the week for the believer is the Lord’s Supper which commemorates His vicarious death.
We must also remember that it is the Lord’s table we eat from every day, but on the first day of the week, we eat a meal with fellow believers where Christ is the host as well as the food. Let our hearts be filled with worship towards the host!