Many Will Come

The Lord’s Supper is a feast for many. One time when Jesus entered Capernaum a Roman soldier, a centurion, came and pleaded with him to heal his servant. Jesus agreed to come heal him, but the centurion said no, he wasn’t worthy, and Jesus could just speak the word. He understood this because he too had authority and servants that would do what he said.

Jesus was astonished by this and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 8:10-11).

The end of human history culminates in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. This is preparation for that, a little foretaste of the richness of communion given to us now so we would anticipate it. As it will be then, people are coming from all the over the place. Like Jesus, we get to marvel at what God is doing, at the gift of great faith.

He heals and gives new to hearts to believe all the time. This is why we practice open communion at Emmanuel Church, and welcome all professing Christians to come to Christ. This table is not about excluding people, but about inviting everyone who believes or who is now ready to believe, to come. If you’ve not professed your faith with baptism, talk to us. As Jesus said to the centurion, “as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”

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