This message (4.5.20) focuses on the feast of the King, namely Jesus’ ‘last supper’ with his disciples in which he revealed the meaning of his death through the symbolism of the bread and wine. Not only did Jesus’ last supper fulfill the long-celebrated passover meal (he would be the ultimate and final passover lamb) but it also provides the Church with an ongoing means of experiencing God’s grace in the present as well as a glimpse of a future celebration when Jesus returns.
In this message we’re reminded that as we come to the table we should be honored, aware, and loyal. Honored to be the guests of the King at his table. Aware of not only what the meal means but also of our need for forgiveness, the presence of the Lord, the presence of our brothers and sisters who eat with us, and of the need to proclaim the gospel to those who don’t yet know Christ. Finally, we should understand that participating in the meal is an expression of loyalty to Jesus as King. The night he instituted what we call ‘The Lord’s Supper’ was also the night on which he was betrayed by Judas. Betrayal hung over the meal and should be a reminder to us of the glory of devotion and loyalty to our King.