This table is a lesson in faith. Every week, Jesus gives us bread and wine and explains that by this meal, He assures us that our sins are forgiven and we are being knit together into one body because of His broken body and shed blood. Yet every week there are things that seek to obscure this truth. Our sins rise up and seem big and overwhelming. Broken relationships seem bigger than Christ’s broken body. Or we hear of horrors in the news: murder, rape, terrorism, ruthless violence.
But this means that every week, Jesus asks you a question at this table. And the question is: Who do you believe? Who do you trust? What is the true reality? Is your sin the ultimate reality? Is the brokenness in your home the greatest truth? Is the depravity of human nature the final word?
Jesus takes bread and says this is the ultimate reality. This is the truth behind all of it. The truth is that Jesus went into the darkness, into the brokenness, and bore all of our sins, so that even in the darkest moments the light of Jesus might even shine there. This is the revelation of the glory of God. If the love of God can shine from a Roman cross two thousand years ago, then the love of God can be present in your failures, in your darkness, in your brokenness, and in the greatest tragedies that occur in our world. Wherever you see brokenness think of this broken bread. Wherever you see bloodshed and suffering, remember this wine. Do not fear the shadows because Jesus has conquered them. He walks with us in them and through them. You may not always see that. You may be tempted to doubt, but this table is God’s promise to you that He is there with you. So come in faith.