Think of the “pit in your stomach” feeling you get when you are afraid. The most fearful I’ve ever been was in the days following a harrowing experience. Years ago my family was awakened in the middle of the night by a gas line exploding a hundred yards from our home. Fortunately, neither we nor our home were harmed. But for the next several days, whenever a cupboard slammed shut, or something made a loud bang, we all jumped with fright.
Fear brings torment. It leaves us miserable. It leaves us continually “on edge.” It cripples. It eats away at the inside. It foments and brews new things to fear.
However, my fright from that explosion subsided due to loving parents who took special care to let my sister and I sleep in their room for a few nights, made some special meals, and other deliberate acts of love. Their love dispelled the choking, black smoke of fear.
Sinners are innately fearful creatures. The fear of God’s impending wrath and judgement on their sin looms large. But God’s love is so great that He sent His Son to pay the price for Your sin, that He might dispel all your fear.
The Lord declares to you in this supper that you are welcome, you are beloved, you are reminded of the salvation He gives from your sins. Here is assurance that though your sin deserved His white hot wrath, because you have trusted in His Son, all you will taste is the wine of His love and the bread of His fellowship. Here is love that casts out fear. Here is God’s voice to the fearful:
“Come in faith, and welcome to Jesus…”