Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16)
A friend of mine gave me 4 tickets to see the Maple Leafs play at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. Because of my colleague’s generosity, my son and I, and 2 of my boy’s buddies went to the game for free.
But 4 tickets cost almost $900!
The seats were very good, and fortunately, so was the game…but it got me to thinking about the price for a seat. I’m not thinking about the cost of the chair – but the cost to occupy that chair for an event.
You know what I mean – we all pay for the privilege of watching an event: a game, a concert, a lecture – and when it’s over, we reflect on whether we got good value for our ticket price.
But I suspect that the most valuable “ticket” for each of us is one we might typically under-appreciate.
In our tradition at Bethel, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper weekly. None of us makes it every single week in a year – but the Lord Jesus does.
And each seat at His table – each ticket – has been purchased with His blood.
When he was executed as a common criminal by the Roman soldiers at the prompting of the Jewish leaders, He shed His blood at Calvary to buy my place at His table. That makes each seat around that table, the most expensive any of us will ever occupy.
And none of us have paid a single cent for the privilege – He’s paid it all!
But at what cost.
Takeaway: do I express my grateful love to the Lord by valuing my attendance at – my seat – at the Lord’s table? If not, is this a question for me of obedience, of apathy, of under-appreciating His unparalleled sacrifice?