When the pastor stands behind this table and invites all baptized, believing sinners to come and take up the bread and the wine, the pastor is speaking for Christ Jesus. It is the invitation of Christ Himself that goes out in the pastor’s voice.
And when we as a congregation come to this table, we sit at the feet of an unseen Savior. This table, in fact, pictures a Savior whom no one can see, yet we see Him by the eyes of faith, trusting in His finished work on the cross brought to us through broken bread and poured wine.
Now, how would unbelieving people out in the world, or even unbelieving folks in the church, for that matter, view these things? They would probably see the pastor as presumptuous and the congregation as foolish. You, pastor, would dare to speak with the voice of the God of the universe? And you, congregation, would be so gullible as to believe that a Christ who died 2,000 years ago, whom no one here has seen, sits and sups at this very table with you? And that this man Christ Jesus alone is the life of the world?
We are the fools of the world. Our humility is the world’s pride. Our boldness is the world’s presumption. Our wisdom is the world’s folly. Yet we come feasting, and we do so gladly and joyfully, with confidence that what our Lord Jesus told us is true: “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (John 6:54-57).
Come, fools of the world, take and eat. You are being lifted up into the very courts of heaven, into the presence of the Living God. You are being fed with the life of Christ Himself, who is the wisdom of God. You count it a great privilege to feast at the table of the King.
Come, let us taste and see that the Lord is good.