Table Meditation: May 27, 2012…

What more tender words could we read than these…

For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Isaiah 57:15

I have seen his ways, and will heal him;
I will also lead him,
And restore comforts to him
And to his mourners.
Isaiah 57:18

We ought to hear some echoes here, too. Doesn’t Jesus say…

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

…no one considers
That the righteous is taken away from evil.
He shall enter into peace;
They shall rest in their beds
Isaiah 57:1-2

Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near…                                                      Isaiah 57:19

That’s the other thing that is behind the door. If Jesus is behind the door, then peace is behind the door. In the midst of what is effectively a troubled sea…that cannot rest. In the City of God, hiding here in plain sight in the midst of the City of Man…behind your doors, with Jesus…is the reviving of your humble spirit and your contrite heart.

I bet every single one of us forgot that this week, huh? In the midst of difficulty at work…in the midst of difficulty  in our home…arguments between our children, arguments with our children…somebody cut you off in traffic. Sometimes that troubled sea is going to cast up mire and dirt. And if I can mix my metaphors, it gets on the windshield, doesn’t it?

Jesus brings you here. There are churches where they do this once a year…or twice a year…or four times a year. And they say “Oh, it won’t seem important and special.” Uhmmm…Wow. Luther said you need to hear the Gospel every week because you forget it every week, right? The Gospel is here, too. Repent and believe the Gospel.

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. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

You get to look around you, behind the door, and you get to listen and you get to hear those words…”Peace, peace, to him who is far off and to him who is near…says the Lord.”

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