Considering Luke’s gospel chapter 22:14-23, we would ask the question, who’s with Jesus at his table? Not simply who is present or claims to be part of the table community, but who is in devoted communion and fellowship with the Lord.
Distancing from the Lord problematic:
- Alignment with the influences, opinions and views of the world systems may serve to alienate from table fellowship with Jesus and evoke the inquiry, who’s with Jesus at his table.
- Yielding to the temptations of Satan will cause you to move farther and farther away from God. Minds can become dulled to the cause of Christ as we indulge ourselves in Satanic enticements to satisfy the desires of the flesh.
- Inconsistency in fellowship makes it difficult to return to the table of the Lord where we receive power and guidance to walk in the way. Judas decided to go his own way and missed the one who is the way.
- Covenanting with evil doers most certainly will number you as an evil doer. And although you may be among those who’s with Jesus at His table, your reward can only be the woe and wrath of God.
Relying on the sufficiency of Christ:
- Just as Jesus had complete confidence in and obeyed the commands of the Father, we must have confidence and obey the command of Christ.
- Who’s with Jesus at his table is determined by how we trust Him to make a way out of no way. When we can’t see how provision will be made, will we have faith that “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4;19).
- When we follow Jesus, “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom. 8:28). God has called us to reflect the image of his Son, remaining in table fellowship with him.
passion to know who’s with Jesus at his table:
- Jesus’ passionate desire is that the Passover meal may from this point on be received and appropriated in a new light.
- Jesus has an intense passion to know who’s at his table and in fellowship with him.
- This passion is to the intent his disciples may be aware and understand his destiny to suffer death on the cross for our redemption.
- This passion is to fulfill the will of God – completing God’s plan for the salvation of humankind.
Jesus is transitioning and preparing his disciples to transition from this realm of the world’s system to the rule of God. He is looking forward to the new reality and his essential role in ushering in the Kingdom of God. The parameters have been met and the stage set to query who’s with Jesus at his table.
A cup of thanksgiving:
- “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” 1Thess. 5:18. Facing trial and tribulation, Jesus gave thanks, knowing the will and purpose of God would work out in his life.
- Who’s with Jesus at his table confident and giving thanks throughout all the struggles and difficulties of life?
- Thanksgiving is to be shared in the community of faith in table fellowship with one another until the Kingdom is fulfilled.
Breaking bread in thanksgiving on our knees:
- Jesus gave thanks bread had been supplied and it would be broken to supply salvation for sinful humanity.
- Bread symbolizing his body was given for you and for me. We ought consistently remain faithful in giving thanks for the living bread which is given for us.
- Lest we forget, cultivate the spiritual practice of table fellowship with Christ leading us to Calvary where we shall always remember Him who died for us.
A new covenant in blood:
- Moses memorialized and confirmed the Old Covenant of God with Israel during the Exodus with blood. Exodus 24:8, shows how the old covenant of law was established; yet, the people were not empowered to keep that law
- Jesus establishes a new covenant with this evolved symbolism of the cup signifying the blood poured out for the sin of humankind. This new covenant reconciles and brings us into true communion with God in Christ.
- The new covenant in Jesus’ blood fulfills the prophetic word of Jeremiah 31:31f, where the Lord promises to put His law in our “inward parts”. Therefore, the only ones who’s with Jesus at his table are those who by grace through faith receive the Holy Spirit which empowers us for continued fellowship with Christ.
Don’t forfeit fellowship at the table:
- Judas was swayed by worldly pursuits, greed, desiring his own way, and Satan to give up a relationship with Christ. He had been selected one of the chosen few; nevertheless, he forfeited his place at the table through disloyalty and disobedience. His end was eternal destruction.
- The other disciples argued regarding their places at the table, temporarily losing fellowship; however, because of their faithfulness, they were empowered to recover and retain a place of service
- Who’s with Jesus at his table is about an attitude of service – taking on a role as one of the least, one who is willing to serve others and set the example for others to serve Christ, the table community, and those who are on the outside.