When we talk about what men are for or what women are for one of the great temptations is get all tangled up in all the ways you have failed, all the ways you haven’t met the standard. And then you come to this table feeling all beat up. But in Jesus, we do not preach a faceless law. We do not preach tablets of stone anymore. In Jesus, we preach the Word become flesh. We preach the law become a man. Now the Standard has a face and a body, hands and feet. And that body was broken because the law was broken. Moses broke the stone tablets at the foot of Mt. Sinai for the sin of Israel, but Jesus was broken on Calvary for the sins of the world.
Do you feel broken? Do know that you’ve failed? This table is for you. Jesus was broken for the broken. Jesus was condemned as a sinner for the sinful. Jesus endured the curse of God’s wrath against sin so that the curse might be broken forever. This meal is not for the healthy. It’s not for the clean. It’s not for the wise. It’s not for the respectable. This meal is for the sick. It’s for sinners. It’s for the filthy. It’s for fools. It’s for the unlovely. Because here, Jesus is our Pastor, Jesus is our Shepherd. And he leads his sheep by the still waters and restores their souls. Do not be mistaken, Jesus did not stay dead. He is alive. When Jesus feeds us, He feeds us with His own resurrected flesh and blood, His own resurrection life, His own life-giving Spirit. As you look to Him in faith, He promises to restore you, to give you that same resurrection life, to equip you to be faithful, to be obedient, to be wise, to be creative, to be holy, to be the men and women and children you were created to be. So come in faith, asking the God of resurrection to be who He is.