by Linda Veath
When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.… While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying “Take and eat, this is My body.” Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of that covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:20, 25-28 NIV
Come to the table. The feast is ready.
What memories that has for me, as it does for many of you. Especially at Thanksgiving. I can still remember… We gathered at my aunt’s house for an eleven a.m. meal. A small group, five or six people, stuffing themselves royally. Turkey. Dressing. Green bean casserole. Sweet and white potatoes. Cranberry sauce. Corn and oysters (eck!). And pumpkin pie with whipped cream on it. Yes, we were stuffed.
We all had assigned seats, and our small table kept everything cozy. Uncle Bill always sat in one particular place since he was left-handed. And it was the best spot to view the football game while we ate. Daddy would sit next to him. The rest of us talked, while they watched the tv screen.
I will always have memories of this table—and the people gathered around it—thanking the Lord for the blessings He poured down on us. But He has an even better table ready for us. One that has been prepared by the Lamb, Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, Who died on the cross that our sins might be forgiven.
Jesus conquered death and the grave that we might live for all eternity with Him.
The feast He is preparing is a royal one, and He will call us when the table is ready.
Won’t it be wonderful when we hear Him say, “Come to the table. The feast is ready.”
We’ll know that He is calling us—sinners who are now redeemed—to our places around His table, where we will sit because of His sacrifice. Free to enjoy the feast of eternity with Him because of what HE did for us.
This year may we hear God’s call to come to the table. To feast royally, as we thank Him for the blessings He has given us. (I just hope my plate doesn’t have corn and oysters on it.)
Have a BLESSED THANKSGIVING—and remember all of our military and first responders, who are serving to keep us safe and free.
… Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV