I love the symbol of “The Table.” Table fellowship or eating together in Scripture, symbolizes belonging and friendship. It is open to everyone regardless of social status, gender, physical stature, or amount of education. It has the possibility of fostering intimate conversation. And it shows our deep commitment to one another as we share our resources with each other. It’s at a dinner table that Jesus offers all of himself to everyone and anyone who will accept Him. The night before He died Jesus ate The Passover Meal with His disciples.
Luke 22: 19-21 says, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.”
Jesus invites the disciples who thought more about their position and status than they did of their love for Him. Jesus invites the one who would deny Him 3 times. He even invites the one He knew would betray Him.
Jesus offers His life and His love to those who think they are worthy of it and those who know they don’t qualify for it. God’s invitation to dinner is offered for no other reason than because of His abundant love and mercy towards us.
“The dinner table and the Kingdom of God are virtually synonymous.”– John Koenig of New Testament Hospitality