When Lewis and Clark were commissioned to explore the Louisiana Purchase, their primary purpose was to map the territory. However, one of their other assignments was to announce to the various tribes that they had a new chief: President Jefferson. We see in Lewis and Clark’s task a parable of the Christian’s calling.
Christ purchased the world by His death, resurrection and ascension. Every person, tribe, and nation of this earth is to be informed that what they used to view as their territory, their kingdom, their nation is now under new management. The Christian’s task is to go into all the world to proclaim that there is now a new King over all, and every other chief, king, president, mayor, father, and parent is now subservient to this King.
Jesus is the crowned king of the earth. This meal we eat proclaims Christ’s death until He comes. When you eat this meal, you are proclaiming that your life is no longer your own, Jesus is King of your heart. But this also has import for every social order of mankind. When we eat this we proclaim that Christ is King of Your family. He is King of Idaho. He is King of North America. He is King of communist China, squalid Haiti, and affluent Luxembourg. He’s King of it all.
His death, proclaimed by this meal, was the purchase price for this world. The nations of this world must now reckon with the irrefutable fact that as tenants of Christ’s world they must either submit to His reign of peace, joy, and blessing, or else face the hot displeasure of His wrath for refusing to acknowledge His rightful reign over them. The range of His kingdom is from shore to shore, and every nation, tribe, and tongue must one day confess, and every knee must bow, and acknowledge that He indeed is the rightful King.
So come in faith, and welcome to Jesus…