Lords supper thought “The impossible possibility.”
John 1:1-14 (NIV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
One part of our faith which really impacts me is the teaching of the incarnation.
In this scripture, this is expressed in the words “The Word became flesh…” The eternal God comes to humanity in all its sin and constant rebellion and comes to us, shares with humanity and gives of himself in such a way that salvation is offered to “whosoever”.
That a person might live amongst us showing good ethics, wise teaching and kindness is great.
That a man might stand up and protest against evil and challenge sin so people might live better lives is fantastic.
That an innocent man, full of life and potential, might die for people to set a standard of love and care for others is amazing.
But, this is not what is meant here. It is that the Son of God, Divinity itself, the creator of the universe – the holy, pure and untainted God might leave His throne, His “otherness” and engage with us as our friend, a savior and a sacrifice for our sin against him – now we elevate beyond great, fantastic and amazing. Here is the ground of impossibilities – and yet God’s love deals with the impossible and comes to us in the manner of one who serves.
The reason this table is important is not that Jesus died and rose from the dead for us – though this is true. The depth of meaning is that God himself engages with us and takes our place to do what we could never do.
The Lord’s table reminds us that God does the impossible – he walks into our world and loves us even as we stand opposed too him, hate him and are far from him.
This table is a celebration of God doing what we could never do – this is the table where the impossible become possible. It is the table that tells us that what is impossible for us is very possible with God, through His own walking amongst us.
When we take the Bread and the Juice we are reminded that Jesus was the Son of God, who came to us not by our invitation (for we would have never sent it), but by his own willingness to do the impossible – to take our sin, our rebellion and our flesh desires and deal a might final death blow to the hold they have over us. This hold would have use eternally separated from God. Now we eat and drink the symbols that remind us we are forgiven – now the impossible is possible. We are His children, part of His nation and His Holy Church.
When you part take today do so remembering what God did for us as God – Jesus came as a man, but he did so by laying aside his God-ness for us. That is the celebration we share in today. This is what makes this simple table a special place to come and celebrate all that God has done for us.