Tables and Trees
"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” "
Paul took in all of history, from creation to consummation in his message to the Athenians on Mars Hill (Acts 17). This table takes in all of history as well. At the beginning we had many tables many trees to eat from, but we picked the forbidden one. This barred the way to the table, until Jesus came and opened the way again. His body offered on the tree opened the way to the tree of life in paradise. And at the end of history we will eat of it. Until then, let us recall our first love for the Lord Jesus, given us when we were re-awakened from spiritual death. Let us repent, hate the deeds of darkness, and come to the light, come to the water, come to the table of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Labels: Communion Exhortation