THE LORDS' TABLE A FEAST OF HIS LIFE
The Lord’s Table is the Sign of the New Covenant. It is the celebration of the truth that Christ has totally become your life.
IN THE SPIRIT
To live in the Spirit we must live in the incarnated life of the new covenant. This is a life lived from the person of Jesus, never from law, religion or institutionalism. We can talk ‘Spirit-filled’ but we must live in the Spirit to be alive. In the Spirit means in the Spirit of Christ. It means Christ is our life, so that you and all of us become a unique expression of Jesus.
PRELUDES TO REALITY
The closest we get to the reality of the Lord’s Table in the old testament is the Passover Lamb and later the manna that sustained the Hebrews. But these were external to the being of the people. The Bread of life that Jesus declared that ‘those who eat Him will live because of Him’ is the life of Jesus woven in the Spirit into our being. We are talking incarnation. There was nothing like this before the cross.
WHOLE PERSON LIFE
This is a totally holistic reality in which Christ infuses our life with Himself and we express Him as sons who are who we are in spirit and in truth. And it’s not just His life. It’s because Jesus is in us that the trinity dwells in us.
‘Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.20 NIV. It’s an advantage to follow Jesus’ teaching.
Paul calls this Christ our life. It is more important to be an expression of our Father as a son than to speak a of word of knowledge or heal a sick person. Unless we live in the spirit of Sonship, we are not fully alive. We are crippled in being and inadvertently find ourselves perpetuating iniquity - not as immorality but as the non-life of the old covenant.
To say that Jesus is Lord is to say that Jesus is our life and more. It is to live His person through every part of our being. But not by strenuous effort. But by rest, because Christ has come in our flesh. Dr Stephen Crosby accurately expresses the meaning and implication of the words ‘Jesus is Lord.’
JESUS IS LORD
“Only those who have the the Spirit" - the spirit of the resurrected God-Man in glory indwelling them and in union with their spirit-can make this declaration: Jesus is Lord. There can be little doubt that this simple three word phrase became the earliest delineating Christian confession. More than any other title, kyrios was the term the early church used to describe Jesus of Nazareth. It defined the relationship between Jesus and those who believed in Him as Christ.”
Here we are speaking of incarnation where the light and life of God is expressed in our being. Expressed through our personhood so that we as sons are the manifest presence of our Father in the world. Here Jesus is Lord because we have embraced Him as He is - the one who is with us and in us. He is not a footnote, not an addition to our week. He is our life.
HALF-LIFE OR GLORY?
‘For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory’ Col 3.3,4 NIV.
We participate in His glory when joined to the radical departure from religion that He instituted in Himself. Because Christ lives within, the trinity lives within and is alive in us as we participate in the glory of their fellowship, their heaven and the upwelling of their infinite life. Christ in us is our present and future glory.
‘This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV.
TRANSFORMED TO BE YOU
Hidden in Christ we are revealed as our true selves. Glory is ours because who we are not shrouded by rules, suffocated by religion or smothered in someone else. Who we are in Jesus is quite a different person to who we are in Moses and Adam. We cannot experience Jesus as Lord under the law. We cannot be our real selves in an old covenant mind-set. Neither can we minister the Kingdom of God. Freshness, sharpness, discernment and vision are qualities that are ours in our new covenant Jesus. Never in a jesus who has been subverted to support old covenant culture. Religion is the anti-christ. But Jesus Christ God’s Son is Himself and He lives in you.
‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV.