It’s a quiet morning at my house, and I’m grateful for this time of reflection after a very busy few weeks. With worship music playing in the background, my Bible beside me, and a cup of coffee at the ready, I simply want to share the gratitude that is in my heart this morning – this Resurrection Sunday morning.
A few years back, my family started celebrating Good Friday with a Christian Seder dinner. True, we are not Jewish, but it has become such a precious time for our family. An occasion to pause and recall the bondage from which we have been ransomed out of, to worship our God for His faithfulness, and to renew our faith in Him for victory over the circumstances of life.
It is good to praise you, Lord, to sing praises to God Most High.
It is good to tell of your love in the morning and of your loyalty at night.
It is good to praise you with the ten-stringed lyre and with the soft-sounding harp.
Lord, you have made me happy by what you have done; I will sing for joy about what your hands have done. (Psalm 92:1-4)
This year, all three of my granddaughters sat at the table with us – but as you can imagine with three little ones (ages 4 months to almost 4 years), there were lots of interruptions. It was awesome! My heart was just so full watching my daughters and sons-in-love tend to their little girls, allowing them to participate as they are able.
And isn’t that just like what our Father God does with us? He invites us to His table, and allows us to participate as we are able. He always meets us where we are!
He meets us where we are, but because of His great love, He doesn’t leave us there! No. Just like my granddaughters will, over time, learn by the loving instruction of their parents (and Nana) to increasingly participate in our Seder celebration, so does our God continue to invite us into greater and greater knowledge of Him and all the Blood of Jesus secured for us.
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all your trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:13-15)
Have you ever tried to feed a fussy baby something you know they will enjoy if they will just trust you enough to take the first taste? I think that is sometimes how Jesus must feel with us. He has set before us at the banquet table every good thing, including things we desperately need and want. But so many times we’re too fussy to partake!
This morning, I pause to reflect on what the Blood of Jesus purchased for me. Because of Jesus, I now have a seat at the banquet table, a table that has been set with everything I need to live victoriously on this earth. And its all been paid for!
I’m hungry Lord! I need a hearty serving of everything you set out for me at the banquet table!! I need freedom! I need healing! I need joy, and peace, and provision! In short … I need everything that your Word promises is mine as a daughter of the Living God!
I don’t know about you, but I sure am glad that Jesus isn’t stingy with the serving sizes … and He never says no when you ask for more!! In fact, it is His greatest joy to give (and give again) out of the abundance of His great love!
In 2014, my family and I shall eat heartily of all that the Blood of Jesus has paid for. How about you?