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Do you often find yourself overwhelmed or discouraged about life? When we need help, our provision comes from the meal God provides. In our third study of the sacraments, we take a look at the most significant meal of our week and discover that Communion remembers, strengthens, and proclaims.
Christ invites us to three meals in this passage: the Passover, the meal of His body and His blood, and the heavenly feast to come. And our lives are called to live in response and in anticipation through our lives of service.
In this final sermon in the Dinner With Jesus series we examine what makes for a great dinner conversation. There is so much richness around the table, it is our hope that from time to time the richest thing isn't our food, but the conversation. So what makes for a great conversation at a dinner with Jesus? Conversation that 1) reveals who we are, 2) reveals who our guests are and 3) reveals who Jesus is. In this sermon we look how these conversations can happen and the riches that await us if we will have them.
Last week we looked at who Jesus is inviting to dinner. This week we look at some of the fear and anxiety people have about opening their home for dinner, and how Jesus changes it for us. In this text we read about the calling of Levi, an outcast to his Jewish brethren, as he follows Jesus, leaves everything behind, throws a party for Jesus and invites everyone he knows to meet Jesus. And while some will accuse us of hanging out with the 'wrong crowd', Jesus stands between us and our accusers, calling us all to repentance.
From time to time I hear the question, "If you could have a dinner party with any three people throughout history, who would you invite?" Invariably near the top of many invite lists would be Jesus. But what if Jesus was throwing the dinner party, who would he invite? Would he invite you? Your neighbor? The drunkard down the street? The rich guy? The poor guy? What would keep you from attending the dinner party? And how hard would Jesus and his followers work to make sure you got the invitation and made the party? In this sermon we look at who Jesus invites to dinner, and how we might make sure to receive the invitation.
Communion is the recurrent communal meal of the church, in which we live out authentic new covenant community and collectively give joyous thanks to our redeemer.
Grace...Sacrifice…Communion…Thanksgiving…Presence – it is a beautiful combination. All of this (and more) is contained in the Lord’s Supper. Part of the “and more” is a future hope of complete redemption; another is covenant (and there is still more). Is it possible the meal of the Lord’s Supper contains the solutions to all the problems in the world? It may sound a bit idealistic – but then again God is an idealistic God.
It is plain to see, when we look at the Bible, that God desires an intimate relationship with us (e.g., Gen1-3; Rev21-22). What mankind threw away for a "snack" (i.e., a piece of fruit in the Garden of Eden) God desires to restore - ironically He has used a full meal (e.g., a feast) as a picture of how this is done.