The Table of His Testimony
The ordinances given to us by the Lord are not only opportunities to obey Him they are reminders of our identity with Him. We’re buried and risen with Him in baptism, we eat with Him in communion. All of this is part of our testimony. At the Table we proclaim His death until He returns.
The Table is also a place where we remember His testimony. The bread and the wine point to His provision, already and always.
The testimony of the Almighty has been revealed from heaven. It witnesses to His holiness, and it details the (death) sentence on all who violate even one of the terms.
But this Supper is a testimony to His finished propitiation and ongoing provision. Propitiation means that Jesus covered our sins and brought us into God’s pleasure (1 John 2:2). He has dealt with our transgressions so that they no longer hang over us, they were hung with Christ on the cross (Colossians 2:13-14). The righteous took on unrighteousness so that we might share His righteousness (1 Peter 3:18). The communion elements testify to this gospel of reconciliation.
This good news has present and ongoing implications. If God has not spared His only Son for, how will He not give us all the other things we need (Romans 8:32)? We have been given all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). The communion elements testify to all the resources purchased for us by the Son.
You who believe have no need that needs to be met outside of God’s saving covenant in Christ; “He has commanded His covenant forever” (Psalm 111:9). This is a weekly reminder of His testimony, and it is as tasty as it is true.