PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 26:17-30
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“While they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” (Matthew 26:21)
Here is Jesus, eating God’s grace meal (Passover) with his followers whom he loves.
He has spent long hours pouring himself into them, loving and serving them.
Yet as he eats and drinks with them, he knows that they will all run away at some point.
And one of them – he knows who – will give him over the the authorities.
Would you calmly sit at the table, welcome them to the table, and grace them still?
“Drink from it, all of you… for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:27-28)
A covenant, like a marriage, is a loyal bond of love for better and for worse.
It is a decision to stick together, even when the other fails or betrays you.
God has covenanted with us through Jesus to stick with us, even when we fail.
God’s family in Jesus is a gathering of flawed and failing Jesus followers.
Yet Jesus sits with us still and says, ‘drink from it, ALL OF YOU!’
The open table of Jesus is what inspires me to come… and to welcome others.
Yes, some will come who will fall away, some will come who even betray Jesus.
But if I am welcome at his grace table just as I am, should they not be too?
Lord, I get to sit with and eat and drink with you because of your loyal love and grace. May I not withhold the cup of grace from others, when I am not deserving either.