Pristine Grace

The Lord's Table
by Henry Mahan

     Recently, as we gathered to observe the Lord's Table, I tried to again show how the bread and wine set forth the sacrifice of our Lord for us. "This is my body broken for you...This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you" (Luke 22:19-20). It occurred to me that we come to Christ Himself and receive Christ much as we come to this table.

  1. WE BRING NOTHING to the table! We leave our homes and come to the table of bread and wine, having absolutely nothing of our own to contribute.
     
  2. THE LORD IS THE SERVER; it is His table! No man is elevated above another to officiate or serve. All partake alike of His body and His blood.
     
  3. WE RECEIVE THE BREAD AND WINE INWARDLY! It is not something sprinkled upon us, conferred upon us, worn by us, nor professed by us. It is the Lord's life received WITHIN US – Christ Himself in you, the hope of glory.
     
  4. WE RECEIVE THE BREAD AND WINE PERSONALLY! In the matter of salvation, it is "HE that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood." Absolutely no one is involved in what I eat and drink spiritually but me and Him who is my bread. Only what I eat can give me life. "Let a man examine HIMSELF AND SO LET HIM eat."