Thursday, November 20, 2008
The Poetic Table
The Lord’s Table has many metaphors by which we see the depth and simplicity of God’s work. We see the seriousness of our sin and the magnitude of Christ’s sacrifice; the grace of God in giving His Son; the peace that is made between us and Him; the power of the resurrection; the declaration of His death (and all its implications); the hope of His return. It is a simple picture of the gospel; so simple that a child can understand. It is an appeal to all the senses (scratch & sniff). It is the image of the intimacy of the Groom and His bride (not unlike the marriage bed). It is the family Table, where we receive food, nourishment, and joy, and where we share and serve, and we are served. It is the place of gratitude and thanksgiving. It is all of this, and much more. It is both light and deep. The Table is so profound that it encompasses every dimension of our lives, and therefore, a variety of descriptions and expressions are appropriate. Every trip to the Table should be exciting, enlightening, and renewing, but they don’t all have to be alike.