often communion has been portrayed as a time of special introspection and
feeling guilty for one’s sins while coming before a holy God. Wrongly, some have taught that this time at
the Table is to be a time where we meditate on how unworthy we are to be here.
that misses the fundamental point of the Table.
This is a Table of Thanksgiving – a Eucharist – that is what the word
means. This is a place to receive that
which is wonderfully and freely given.
Of course we don’t deserve to be here – that is why we call it grace –
that is why this is a gift – it is not deserved – it is not earned – it is
what is given? Jesus Christ Himself is
offered to us by the Spirit as we partake of bread and wine. We receive Him by faith – just as we do His
Word – just as we pray in the Spirit dressed in the armor of God. We believe – that is our work – and our
reception of all of this as undeserved grace is what brings glory to our God
and joy to His children.