Preparing for the Supper: Failure and Repentance

The first post of this brief series was about “recommitting to Christ” through faithful living according to the Ten Commandments. Today, I want us to think about the Ten Commandments as our guide and mirror that condemns us, because we fail again and again.

As we come to the Table on Sunday, we are coming to a Covenant celebration that WE DON’T DESERVE. The apostle Paul tells us to partake worthily–really he says it in a negative fashion (1 Cor. 11:27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.) It’s an important grammatical distinction that points out a theological truth: we will never be worthy (an adjective) of Christ, but we can partake of him in sacrament worthily (an adverb).

Our sin makes us unworthy, but our Savior has invited us to his table. Much like Saul’s grandson Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9) who under normal circumstances would’ve been killed as an heir to the deposed king David instead invited him to live at the palace and dine at the King’s table. We deserve death, hell, God’s unmitigated wrath, but in Jesus we are given a place (John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”) and invited to his table (Revelation 19:6-10 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.).

Prepare yourself to come into his presence and worship Jesus in spirit and in truth on the Lord’s Day. Give him true worship, see above when John bowed at the angel’s feet it wasn’t true worship and the angel corrected him, God alone is to be worshiped. And rejoice in the fact that you don’t have to second guess if what we are doing at his table is pleasing to him as long as we do it according to his Word, we know our Lord is pleased.