Table Meditation: February 3, 2013…

Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Jesus calls us, indeed, to have an eternal view. He calls us to look out and see that day when His Father’s and our Father’s, His God’s and our God’s kingdom has fully come. We see that only dimly…and, frankly, there are points in time when we don’t see that at all. Now isn’t that true? Points in time when we don’t see that long view and, were truth to be told, we don’t even see a short view of the kingdom.

Now, we come in here and we are so frequently burdened by the world. We so frequently bear the burdens of what is going on out there in our lives. And, truth be told, we bear the burdens of what is going on here in our hearts, right? And sometimes we bear the burdens of what is going on in here, in the Scriptures…if truth be told. Sometimes we look into that mirror of the perfect law of liberty…and we see ourselves as we really are, right? But we fail to see, in the perfect law of liberty, that standing behind us is the One who is the perfect law of liberty.

So He brings you here, and says… “come eat with Me. Let’s ‘do lunch,’ so to speak. Let me speak to you in broken bread and poured-out wine. Let me give you a sign, something that you can take into all of your senses, that speaks to you about the fact that to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God…to Him belong the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. And because they belong to Him, Jesus says… ‘all power in heaven and on earth is mine’…because they belong to Him, they belong to Me. Because they belong to Me, they are for you. So…lift up the burden…and come eat with me.”

Paul writes this…

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

You proclaim this…Our Father in heaven…Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory…unto the ages. Amen

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About Tom Brainerd

I am the pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Edgewood, New Mexico. We are a mission church of Christ Reformed Church of Meeker, Colorado, within the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC).
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