Category Archives: Eucharistic Meditations

Christ Our Servant

This communion meditation was given at King’s Cross Church (Moscow, ID) on March 13 A.D. 2022.

When Christ established this meal with His disciples, He also did something else that evening in the Upper Room.

He rose from the table, laid aside his outer clothing, and tied a towel around His waist. He then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet, wiping them dry with the towel wrapped around him.

He took the place of a servant.

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One Lord, One Table

This meditation was given at Christ Church Downtown on Nov 7 AD 2021.

In my exhortation earlier I encouraged you all to remember that the church is indeed one.

Despite our many differences, we are united by a common faith in Christ, and we are all part of one Body which has Christ as its head.

And yet while our oneness is a fundamental attribute of the church that can never be denied, it is still something that we must continually strive for and maintain at the same time. To do this we must avoid unnecessary divisions and conflicts which strike at and strain our fellowship and unity.

And it is here at this table where we find a means of grace toward that end.

It is here in this sacrament called communion where we all partake together as one.

For this table is the Lord’s and this table is one. It stretches across the earth and across time, and at it sits the Lord and His Bride.

As we partake of this bread and wine week after week, the Father delights in continuing to answer Christ’s prayer—that all who believe in Him would be made one in His perfect love.

So come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

Psalm 118 is a joyful song of thanksgiving, in which the psalmist calls on all the people of God to give thanks to the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever.

We see this psalm recited when Jesus enters Jerusalem and the crowd recognizes the coming King crying out, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

We also have good reason to believe that this was the psalm that Jesus Himself sang with His disciples when they celebrated Passover, the Last Supper, instituting this sacrament we are about to observe. And during that meal, as Christ sang this psalm, He knew exactly what was to take place next: the betrayal, the arrest, the mocking, the flogging, and the crucifixion. And in the face of all that, He sang lines like:

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
“The Lord is my strength and my song, he has become my salvation…”
“I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.”

But, to put it somewhat crudely, this wasn’t simply a “pump up” song for Christ, one to make Him feel better or forget His coming troubles. For He also sang, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord… Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar.

The Messiah of Israel knew who and what this psalm was fully about. Indeed, He is the blessed one who comes in the name of the Lord. But He was also about to become the final and definitive sacrifice, bound and placed on the altar.

And yet—He still pressed on with joy, willingly, for you

This meal here is your salvation—it is the body and blood of Christ, broken and shed, for you

So as you partake of Christ, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His steadfast love endures forever.

And come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.