DayBreaks for 8/31/17 – The Sinner’s Feast

DayBreaks for 8/31/17: The Sinner’s Feast

From the DayBreaks archive, 8/2007:

One of my favorite pictures of Scripture is the feast scene that gets brief mention in Revelation, and in a few other books of the NT.  Let’s face it: we love to eat, don’t we?  And we love to have a great time, right?  What can be more exciting and fun than a festive dinner with all the trimmings, all your best friends gathered round, laughter, music…and you don’t have to either pay for it or clean up the mess afterwards?  In about 2 months, our daughter will be getting married – and I look forward to the dinner after the wedding.  What a joy it will be!!!

We might think of the feasts described in heaven as the Christian’s feast…a feast that will be designed, catered (and served, according to Scripture!) by Christ Himself.  I am sure that there never has been, nor will there ever be, any celebration greater than that of the marriage supper of the Lamb of God with His bride, the church.  By God’s grace, I look forward to being there to enjoy it!  No, it wouldn’t be wrong to think of that home-coming/marriage feast as the Christian’s feast.  But there’s another feast that perhaps more properly is the Christian feast – in his sermon “The Sinner’s Feast,” Lee Eclov describes what should be the celebrative side of Communion in the context of worship:

“This table is different. This table of the Lord isn’t where sinners find Christ but where sinners celebrate being found …

“Maybe some morning, instead of solemnly passing these trays, we should dance for joy.  Maybe we should sing every born-again song we know.  Maybe we should tell our “homecoming” stories and laugh like people who no longer fear death.  Maybe we should ask if anyone wants seconds and hold our little cups high to toast lost sisters found and dead brothers alive.”

Have you ever laughed like you didn’t fear death?  I don’t know that I have.  But I should.  Every Sunday at the Lord’s table, I should.  After all, I’m one of those dead brothers who have been found alive.

PRAYER: Hallelujah, Lord God!  What kind of God are You that can take dead men and women and bring us to life again?  May we laugh in Your very Presence as those who no longer fear death because of what Jesus has done!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 08/26/13 – The Lesson of the Ceiling Tile

DayBreaks for 08/26/13 – The Lesson of the Ceiling Tile

1 John 1:8-10 (NLT)  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10  If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

On Sunday, a man by the name of Kurt Filter was giving a communion devotion that really spoke to me.  He described how one time at church during prayer time, he looked up at the ceiling and saw the ceiling tiles (you know, those kind that have the holes in them and they are made out of sheet-rock like stuff, only not as thick and sturdy).  He got distracted, noticing how some were water-damaged, others had various stains on them, some had places where they’d crumbled a bit.  They obviously were in need of repair and work.

Later on after some time had passed, he looked up at them again and noticed that the maintenance crew had been at work trying to make them look better.  They’d painted over the surface of the tiles so that they looked clean and white.  But upon closer inspection he noticed that it was the same old tiles.  He knew that on the inside, the damage was still there from the water and whatever else had weakened them and made them crumbly and stained.

As we prepared to share in the communion/eucharist together, he suggested that we are a great deal like those tiles: we may do all we can to make ourselves pretty on the outside, painting  ourselves to make ourselves look good and “together”, but inside we are stained and that the outside is just covering up what’s inside.

We need to admit what’s inside, what causes us to crumble, what has stained us (sin) and let God fix us from the inside out.  We need to be painted by the blood of Jesus that penetrates to our hearts and gives us new ones in exchange for the old, ugly, stained ones we’ve carried for year after year. 

I’d never thought about ceiling tiles being an analogy for our human lives before, but it fit so well…we need to confess our sin and not just paint over it, for when we do confess it, God takes the stain away – and we are free!

PRAYER: Lord, we can consume ourselves with our thoughts of failure, guilt and shame!  Remind us when we do that You have lifted that off us past, present and future because you are our closest friend! In Your name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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