Jesus told his disciples, “I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as my Father bestowed one upon me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Luke 22:29-30, NKJV). The Lord has spread a table in the heavenlies for his followers. What an exciting prospect!
When the apostle Paul said, “Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:8), I believe he meant that we have been assigned a seat in the heavenlies with Christ at his royal table. Paul was saying, “Always show up. Never let it be said your seat is empty.”
The sad truth is that the church of Jesus Christ simply does not comprehend what it means to keep the feast. We do not understand the majesty and honor accorded us by having been raised by Christ to sit with him in heavenly places. We have become too busy to sit at his table. We mistakenly derive our spiritual joy from service instead of communion. We run ourselves ragged giving our bodies and minds to his work, but we seldom keep the feast.
We do more and more for a Lord whom we know less and less.
The one thing our Lord seeks above all else from his servants, ministers and shepherds is communion at his table. This table is a place for spiritual intimacy, and it is spread daily. Keeping the feast means coming to him continually for food, strength, wisdom and fellowship. Ever since the Cross, all spiritual giants have had one thing in common: They revered the table of the Lord.
Our vision of Christ today is too small, too limited, but as we continually come to the Lord’s table and spend time in his presence, our understanding of his awe-inspiring person will grow. Someone with an increasing revelation of Christ’s vastness need fear no problem, no devil, no power on this earth. He knows that Christ is bigger than it all.
If we had this kind of revelation of how vast he is, how boundless and immense, we would never again be overwhelmed by life’s problems.