Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sabbath-Victory Meal

I have mentioned before that worship is work, hard work, and that you should feel tired at the end of the worship service.  You should feel as though you had to engage your mind, will and emotions, along with your body and lips, in the work of offering yourself, as a member of this body, to God the Father in the name of Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

And all of that is true.  And the work part of the service is over.  Now you are called to come and sit and rest and partake.  As it says in Isaiah 14, “For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land.”  He says that it will come to pass that He will give you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve.  And He has.  And it is here at this Table that you partake in a memorial feast.  It is a feast of victory over just what Isaiah prophesied and the Lord promised to you.

And this should make you want to sing – to sing of the Lord’s victory and of His covenant love and loyalty to us.  And so we will sing as we share the elements.  Come and welcome to Jesus the Victor, Jesus the Christ.

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