Second Look: Eating with God
photo by Laura Evans
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food.
Isaiah 25:6 ESV
Dear ICB family,
Sitting down and eating with another person is a universally recognized sign of communion and fellowship. You don't eat with just anyone. You eat with your family and friends. You eat with those whom your close to. And if it happens that you eat with someone that you don't know well, by the time dessert is served, you'll for sure know them better than you did during the appetizer.
God invites his people to his house for dinner.
Now stop and think for a moment: God invites his people to his house for dinner. Why? Isn't it obvious? God desires deep communion with them. What better, more natural place to forge a closer relationship with someone than around a table? So God throws a banquet and offers you a seat.
Can you imagine it? God wants fellowship with you. He's not asking you to stand outside in the cold and watch others enjoying a meal through the window. He's flung the door wide open and is calling you to come and sit down.
Notice John's words in 1 John 1:3: "[T]hat which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ."
Did you catch that? John says that the Word of life that he saw and heard and touched is what he's proclaiming so that his readers can have fellowship with the disciples and with the one with whom they have fellowship, which is none other than the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.
The fellowship that the disciples enjoy with God is the fellowship you're invited into.
If God threw a banquet, of course people like John and Peter and Mary would have a seat. Of course they have fellowship with the Father and with his Son. But do you see what John does at the beginning of his first epistle? He says that he's sharing this good news with his readers so that they can enter into the very same fellowship—in other words, so that they, too, can have a seat at the table. The fellowship that they enjoy with God is the fellowship you're invited into.
And John makes it clear how it is we can get our seat: "[T]he blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7), and, "[I]f anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1).
So come. The blood of Jesus has made a way. Jesus himself stands as your advocate before the Father. The table's been prepared. Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Ruth, David, Jeremiah, Mary, Peter, James, John, and Paul—they all have their seats, of course. But John insists there's still room. So come. The Spirit and the bride are calling (Rev. 22:17).
Amazed to have a seat at God's table,
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