This is a love feast. Not like the Roman orgies of sexual pollution and culinary gluttony. Nor is it like some sentimental Normal Rockwell painting of a Thanksgiving meal. Rather, it’s a love feast sealed with blood. As the hymn writer put it:
Here is love, vast as the ocean,
loving-kindness as the flood,
when the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
shed for us His precious blood.
God’s love was poured out upon us through Christ crucified. This love is a crucified love. A Love that bleeds. A love that lays down His life for His bride. This love is no mere warm-fuzzy emotion. This love is rock, it is steady, it is sure, it is strong.
When we see Christ crucified on our behalf, that love fills us. When that love fills us, it displaces all the depraved loves we once held dear. Imagine a basin filled with foul waters. When Christ’s love comes in, it doesn’t enter as a small pebble, or as a small drop of soap to help rectify the dirty waters. Rather, He comes to completely displace all the defiled waters. The mass of His love will not share space with or intermingle with the bitter waters of our fallen loves. He comes to replace it all.
This meal fills us with that Love. It’s an all consuming love. It’s a love that will have no rival. It’s the body and blood of a Jealous King. As the bread & the wine are brought to our view, we are brought to behold the blazing glory of that divine love. The infinite love of God is lavished upon you. Only because by grace you’ve been joined to Christ, whose body once was broken, and whose blood was shed for the remission of your sins.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesus Christ…