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Lord's Day Liturgy

Not a Table of Taunts

The Lord’s Table is not a table of taunts. God does not mock us, ridicule us, or make us a byword with bread and wine. It’s not as if He invites us together and says, “Look at these undeserving idiots all around here.”

What is amazing is that in order to share communion with us, God sent His Son to be the target of the taunts we deserved. He was mocked in our place, He was wounded for our transgressions. He bore the woes we had earned.

The Father takes no pleasure in our disobediences, but He has accepted the propitiation of Christ. So He does not invite us to communion in order to “put us in our place.” This is not where He airs His grievances against us.

Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)

As we eat and drink in His presence, He is not inwardly calculating about how much more we owe Him back (like the stingy king in Proverbs 23:7). As we sometimes sing, “He drank the bitter cup reserved for me.” (See Matthew 20:22 and 26:42).

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will judge the puffed up, and the zeal of the God of all grace will lift up His humble sons.