A PLACE AT THE TABLE 9/16/08
A PLACE AT THE TABLE
A Communion Meditation
Jesus therefore six days before the Passover came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus raised from the dead. So they made Him a supper, and Martha served; but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him.
When Jesus came to the tomb of Lazarus He said, “Take ye away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.” Jesus saith unto her, “Said I not unto thee if thou believest thou shalt see the glory of God,” and they rolled away the stone. After Jesus prayed he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus come forth!” He that was dead came forth bound hand and foot with grave clothes; and his face was bound about by a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Lazarus had been dead four days, and his body had begun to rot, and Jesus raised him from the dead. We also were dead in sins according to Ephesians 2:1, “And you did he make alive, when ye were dead in trespasses and sins.” And not only, were we dead; we were all dead in a similar manner as Lazarus. David said in Psalms 38:4-5, “Mine iniquities are gone over mine head; as a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.” We also were not only dead in trespasses and sins, but our sins made us stink before God.
Those who are Christians, belong to the same fellowship as Lazarus. But when we heard the gospel; believed it, repented; were buried in baptism, and arose to walk in the newness of life as stated in Romans 6:4-6, then it was not long until we found out that Jesus Himself had made us a supper—the Lord’s Supper, and we also have a personal invitation to sit at the table with Him.