This table is the kindness of God to you. You have sinned this week. You have worried. You have snapped in anger. You have dishonored your parents. You lusted. You lied.
And what does God say? He says, come and welcome to Jesus Christ. But wait, you might be thinking: don’t I have to repent first? I can’t just come like this.
Yes, it’s true that you can’t come to Christ and cling to any sin, but it’s not true that you have to have your act together in order to come to Christ. Do you see the difference? Another way to put it is that you can’t really let go of sin unless you come to Christ. The legalist wants people to let go of their sin first and then come to Christ, but they can’t. The libertine wants to let people cling to their sin while coming to Christ, but you can’t do that either. This is because there really is a transaction taking place at this table. There is a price of admission.
But what God requires is that you bring Him your sin. That’s the price of admission. And it doesn’t bother him at all for you to come here with your sin. That’s why He came. He loves to save. His name is Jesus, which means “Savior.” So do not say that you must get clean and then come. Do not say that you must get right and then come. Because then you will never come. You have to come dirty. You have to come messed up. You have to come with your sin because that is what Jesus takes away. You cannot get your sin removed any other way. There is no other Savior; there is no other salvation. There is only Jesus Christ crucified for sinners. So come. Come and welcome to Jesus Christ.