They sat as brothers around the table in the upstairs room. The meal spread out before them on a rough, hewn table; cups filled with deep red wine to accompany their meal of remembrance for a time when God was faithful to rescue His people. They had gathered for one common reason, but each man brought something different to the table.
Peter, he brought self-reliance. He was a devout follower and friend to Jesus, but he spoke words of confidence in his own ability to stay by Jesus’ side and fight to the death. Peter brought self-reliance to the dinner table and ate with the Lord of all creation.
Judas sat down to the table with hidden greed and fear. His inner darkness reclined at the table with the Light of the World.
The other disciples brought pride and self-righteousness to the upper room. They all walked in with dirty feet to be cleansed by their spotless Savior.
What about you? What do you bring to the table? Picture yourself climbing a steep and narrow stairway to the upper room. At the top of the stairs your eyes do a quick scan of the seating arrangement. Surely a seat out of Jesus’ direct line of sight would be best because getting too close means He may see through the façade you’re using to cover your sins. He’s bound to realize halfway through the meal that you don’t belong at His table. That you’ve brought things too complicated, too messy, too far gone to fix. What if He asks you to leave? What if what you’ve brought to the table isn’t good enough? You tried again and again, but all you’re bringing to dinner is failure.
It takes faith to sit down in Jesus’ presence knowing He knows. Everything. His invitations are always offered in full and complete grace. Since He knows what we’re bringing to His table before we even accept the invitation, we can literally rest assured in His presence. There’s isn’t one thing you can bring to Jesus’ table that’s outside of His capable, saving grace.
Jesus loved you first. Jesus sought you out.
Jesus invited you in. You are His guest of honor, Prodigal Child.
Come to the table.
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As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.