PARTY at GOD’S PLACE

June 19th, 2013 by derekthecleric

"For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes." (1 Corinthians 11: 23-26 NIVUK)  If you were on death-row and ordering your final meal on earth, what would it be? I would certainly choose a nice medium-cooked rib-eye steak, well-fired crispy french fries, and a jumbo mushroom, accompanied by a glass of fiery ginger beer over ice. Dessert would be a sizeable slice of my wife’s (to-die-for) chocolate cake, and several scoops of Equi’s delicious Italian ice-cream. Okay, you can stop salivating now (that is, unless you’re a veggie. In which case, please don’t go through with that contract you’re thinking of taking out on my life. Remember to cut me some slack, it’s my last day on the planet!)  Perhaps the above description gives you an idea of why I am so very tall, not to mention wide! Anyway, as satisfying as it would be to indulge myself in all of that, it’s not the most nourishing meal I have ever been served. That accolade goes to much simpler fare – bread and wine. Not the elements of Holy Communion in themselves, but what they represent. They are, quite simply, the food of Heaven. To think that the Creator of all things and the Saviour of mankind deigns to sit at the table with someone as imperfect as me, is food and drink in itself. And, the most humbling spiritual experience any believer can have, is to know that our last meal on earth (whether steak and chips or bread and wine) will not actually be our final meal. According to Christ’s promise, we shall eat and drink with Him for ever at the feast set for us in the Kingdom of God. WOW! – that’s a party we can really look forward to.

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