good picture that helps us understand the relationship between the sacrament of
baptism and the sacrament of the Lord’s Table is the relationship between the
door into your home and the table where your family sups. In order to come to the table, you have to
come through the door and come into the family.
identifies a person as a covenant family member. It is the outward means by which God declares
through His church that this one is His.
His name is placed upon the one baptized along with all the privileges
and responsibilities of being a family member.
One of those privileges is the privilege of coming to the Table, the
Table of Christ, the Lord’s Table. Here
we sup with Christ and with the Father’s family. Here we enjoy the fruits of our peace with
Christ – in fact, here we partake of that peace with Christ. And so, to all who have been baptized, come
and welcome to Jesus Christ.