When we gather together as believers, God promises to be in our midst, and when we gather here together at His table, God promises to meet us. But this table is always a table of judgment. Here at this table, God judges sin and darkness in order to forgive sin, in order to shine His light on the darkness, in order to restore brokenness. But our temptation is to fear or resent sin that comes to light. In our folly, we sometimes think that we would be healthy if we just didn’t go to the doctors so much. Of course there is some quack medicine out there, but our God is the great physician. And His Spirit makes no false diagnosis. And God does not point out sin because He is out to get us, out to ruin our lives. God points out sin because sin is out to get us, and sin is out to ruin our lives. But Jesus has come so that we might have life, and life overflowing. God meets with us here, and the Spirit wields His scalpel on our lives, but this means that God loves you. It means that God is out to free you, out to bless you, He is intent on healing you. So do not draw back, do not harden your hearts, if God strikes you now, it is because He would forgive you. If God points out your bitterness, confess it with all your heart and be healed. If the light of God shows you the sin of lying, take and eat and then go confess it all. If the Spirit convicts you of biting and critical words, then God loves you, and He wants to set you free. The proof of all of this is the cross itself: there our Lord was struck and pierced so that we might be healed and delivered. So come eat, drink, and rejoice, this is the good news of Jesus for you.