Appealing over Caesar's Head, to Christ
And in this mountain
The LORD of hosts will make for all people
A feast of choice pieces,
A feast of wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,
Of well-refined wines on the lees.
7 And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the LORD has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the LORD;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
When we consider the Lordship of Christ, we think of a lord protecting us from enemies with his castle. A mighty fortress is our God, and He has provided refuge at the cross of Christ. He has triumphed over our enemies. Physical disease, marauding jihadists, personal temptation and guilt – these things no longer mock and dominate us, even if they stick with us. We have a sure protection at the cross.
Another thing a Lord does is provide and lay a table, a feast. As Isaiah speaks of the feast that Yahweh will make for us, He says that we have waited for Him. Paul certainly waited a while to make his appeal to Caesar. Here at this Table we have a place to appeal to God through Christ. As we hold this cup, each of us is to appeal, saying, “Let His blood have been shed for me.”
Labels: Communion Exhortation