Daily Devotion- August 12, 2020 - The King's Table

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion: August 12, 2020
Reading: Luke 22:14-30
The King’s Table

I admit it…I love a good Hallmark movie. They really are a good way to unwind, don’t require much thinking, and always end on a happy note. They are also very predictable and involve a romantic relationship that always seems to end “happily ever after”. Many of these movies take place in majestic settings to include castles and kingdoms and include scenes which take place at a royal table where manners are impeccable and expected. Inevitably there is a new fiancé being introduced to the family, who comes from a middle class American family, sitting at the table awkwardly trying to figure out which piece of silverware to use and how to eat the exquisite food that has been prepared. There is also a future royal in-law judging that person to ensure they are worthy enough to sit among the royals. The Kingdom of Jesus could not be further from this image.

In today’s reading, we get an image of God’s Kingdom table. The host, Jesus, is also the server, and the environment and atmosphere is nothing like that described above. This is the last time Jesus will recline at the table with his disciples. He gives thanks, gives them the bread to divide among themselves, and gives them the cup (one cup) from which to drink. He then acknowledges that there is a betrayer amongst them; you see, Jesus’ table is open to all, even those who turn their backs on him.

The disciples must all feel guilty and thatl they have been the betrayer and not been loyal to Jesus because they each ask, “Is it I?”   This is followed by the disciples trying to figure out who has betrayed Jesus. It is strange that Jesus’ followers would have to ask themselves if they have been the betrayer and at the same time are suspicious of all the others. Then they get into an argument over who among them is the greatest. But Jesus who hosts the table reminds them that this is not just any table, where some people think they are more worthy than others. Jesus, although divine---God in the flesh --- places himself right with the disciples when he says I, the one you say is greater, am among you as the one who serves you and I give to you the kingdom just as the Father has given it to me.

What does this mean for the church? It means that the table of Jesus is not about who is least or who is greatest. It does not have anything to do with social status or even if we have been completely faithful to the Lord. The Lord’s Table is a place where we feel the very presence of God with us and remember the type of servant leader Jesus is… Jesus is both King and servant in a kingdom that is for the poor, the humble, the meek, the socially awkward… it is a place where we experience the Lord with us and the joy, peace, love and harmony of his Kingdom. So as the church, we should welcome all to the table of grace, the table established by Jesus for all who come “to love him, earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace and harmony with one another.” The table is open… won’t you come?

Dear God, thank you so much for giving us your Son, Jesus, and for Jesus who invites us to the table of grace. Help us to be ever mindful that this table is Jesus’ table and it is not our place to question those who come to acknowledge his love, to confess their sins and to seek peace and harmony. And it is in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

 
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