Table Meditation: March 2, 2014…

“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.

Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

The Scriptures don’t say anywhere, nor do I say, that making good on that imperative, that first step that says “GO!” is easy. In fact, in many cases, it’s going to be the hardest thing we ever do. We hate…WE HATE to admit we were wrong. And WE HATE conflict, or the potential for conflict. And, truth to be told, we would rather walk some other pathway. Maybe the image before the entry of the Good Samaritan is appropriate. We would like to cross over to the other side of the road and not have to deal with this.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus died for this…He really did. And He calls you to do it…When was the last time that Jesus called you to do something and you said “That’s not going to be good for me.” You can look at it and say “That’s going to be hard…that’s going to hurt.” But you can’t look at the things Jesus calls you to do and think “Oh, that’s OK for all those other people, but it’s not going to be good for me.” You can’t go there.

And He sets ths before you as a reminder. In the little picture He says “I died for your sins that you might be reconciled to God the Father.” And then you going into the bigger picture, and He says “I died so that all things could be reconciled, including you and your brother…you and your sister.” He speaks that to you in bread and wine.

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 [Take note…the same night in which He prayed for the unity of His church]; 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.

There are some points in time, brothers and sisters in Christ, when you have to grit your teeth and say “I can do this because Jesus died for me.”

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