Text: John 17
Most great stories have foreshadowing, where the author hints at what is to come. God does this for us here at the Lord’s Table. We need the reminder of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, taking our sins upon Himself and crediting His righteousness to us. And we also need the reminder of where the cross is taking us. Those who are justified are sanctified and glorified. We will be like him, as we sit down with Him in glory. Then He will drink of the fruit of the vine with us again, face to face. So come, enjoy the foretaste, the foreshadowing of that here.
Jesus was of two minds the night before He died. In Gethsemane He prayed, "Take this cup from me. Don’t make me drink it; find another way." But He did drink it, and so we drink of these cups. His other desire was expressed in John 17: “Father, I desire that those You gave Me may be with Me where I am.” So He went to the cross, and He calls you to Himself.
We invite all those who are baptized into the Triune God to come to the Table. If you are not baptized, and believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then we invite you to be baptized, and then come and commune with Him at His table. Come in faith that Jesus has paid for your sins, and wants you with Him in glory.