missing at the table


devotional post # 2062

Luke 22:14-18

Luk 22:14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles joined him.
Luk 22:15 And he said to them, “with all my heart I have wanted to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
Luk 22:16 Because I am telling you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
Luk 22:17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves.
Luk 22:18 Because I am telling you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

missing at the table

Before our Lord explained the meaning of the elements to this new addition to the Passover celebration, he explained to his disciples that the next time they participate in this communion meal, someone would be missing from the table. Judas was there with them, but he would not be there next time. He will have committed suicide, not able to live with his betrayal. But It was Jesus himself. He was the one who would be perpetually missing from the table, even though it was about him. The symbols were designed to remind us of his saving work, but they also remind us of his absence, until he returns in the full glory of his kingdom.

LORD, thank you for the promise of your presence with us again, when you return.

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