â€śTruly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.â€ť 1 John 1:3
Dear church family,
Christians are people who are in union with Jesus Christ. The believer senses this union in several ways. When groaning with petitions too deep for words, passing through the shadow of personal grief, or meditating on a portion of the sacred writings, the believer knows what it is to be in relationship with Christ. This sacred union with Christ proves most tender in the sacrament of the Lordâ€™s Supper. There, at the Lordâ€™s Table, the believer experiences the joy of friendship with an enfleshed and risen Savior.
The question for you, as you prepare for the Lordâ€™s Supper this coming Sabbath, is refreshingly simple. Do you know him? Are you in â€śfellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christâ€ť? Have you come to him, deeply aware of personal sin? Has your awareness of personal transgression left you longing for a personal Savior? All who are in saving union with Christ have felt the sting of conviction by the Law. Have you beheld Jesus as a crucified Redeemer, stricken by the hand of Godâ€™s justice, laying his life in the dust of death, and all so that you might be pardoned and cleansed? Table communion with Jesus involves believing that he is the sole Mediator between God and men. Have you trusted him as the Lamb slain for the sins of his people? Do you listen to him as the great Prophet of the Church? The Christian knows the Son. He has called, you have answered. He extended his hand, and you grasped it. He is yours. You are his. Just as with any strong friendship, he draws out the best in you. His words, his demeanor, his mind, his zeal, his love, they all inspire you to a brighter purity of heart. You strain for greater heights of holiness. You yearn for warmer affections.
Our Presbyterian fathers, though they observed Communion with less frequency (usually 2-4 times per year), placed great emphasis on this spiritual preparation for the Lordâ€™s Supper. When a congregation prepares in this way, what a harvest is reaped! O, that our fire might be kindled! That our affections would be drawn out, our love burn a little stronger, our souls glow a little warmer, whenever we gather at the Lordâ€™s Table! Our enjoyment of this table fellowship will only be as strong and deep as our spiritual preparation. May our fellowship during this season be with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
â€śThis people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips, but their hearts are from from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.â€ť Matthew 15:8-9 Dear church family, One fruit...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
â€śMoreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.â€ť Ezekiel 20:12 Dear brothers and sisters, The God of glory here reminds his faltering people of his unremitting...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
â€śCreate in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.â€ť Psalm 51:10 Dear church family, These words breathe the petition of a new-born soul. They form the hushed utterance of the believer before the Lordâ€™s Table. How do we...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
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â€śâ€¦for he loved him as he loved his own soul.â€ť 1 Samuel 20:17 This text shows us the depth of true friendship between the people of God. Jonathan and David have just struck a covenant between them. Their solemn bond obliged these two men of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
â€śTherefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confessionâ€ť (Hebrews 3:1) The day prior to the Lordâ€™s Supper is a time for looking unto Jesus. Having spent time in confession on...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
â€śâ€¦from me comes your fruit.â€ť Hosea 14:8 To the saints: The prophet Hosea was among the first of the writing prophets. He preached during the period leading up to the fall of Israel in 722 BC. His task was to expose sin and deliver the judgments...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
â€śHow is the gold become dim! How is the most fine gold changed!â€ť Lamentations 4:1 Dear saints, Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. It was Jeremiah who said, â€śOh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Saturday Communion Preparationâ€”morning â€śFor in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.â€ť Colossians 1:19 As we approach the Lordâ€™s Table tomorrow, it is only right that we turn our thoughts and affections to Him. The Scottish Communion...[ abbreviated | read entire ]