This meal is the center of our Sabbath celebration. We sit down in the presence of God and enjoy bread and wine. In the Old Covenant, priests were forbidden from sitting in the presence of God, and while priests could eat bread, no one was allowed to drink wine in the presence of God. While God invited His people to draw near in worship, they could not yet really, fully rest in His presence. But Jesus Christ has paid all our debts. All our sins are washed away. We have been received in the Beloved, and now we are His children, sons and daughters of the King.
This is not a dour meal. This is not a cranky ceremony. This is the part where you breathe a sigh of relief. Christ is King. He holds the nations in the palm of His hand. He numbers the hairs on your head. Do not look at the things that weigh upon you. Do not look at the struggles in your family. Do not look at your health concerns. Do not look at our political situation. Right now, look to your King. He is faithful. He is wise. He is good. He has overcome the evil one. Rest in Him.
In the face of kings and rulers conspiring together, Psalm 2 says that He who sits in the heavens laughs. He is not stressed out. He is not worried. He is not axious. He is King. He is Lord. And He has already secured the outcome. As we share this bread and wine, we are sharing that victory, that security, that peace, that Sabbath rest. So look down your aisle as you pass the bread and wine. Look at one another and smile, smile at your wife, your husband, your kids, your roommates. You are not sharing stress. We are not stress-eating. This is Sabbath rest. We are sharing Christ, and Christ is King. So come and welcome, to Jesus Christ.