I recently heard the song, “To the table” by Zach Williams. The song is very powerful but has a message that is simple. We are all welcome to the table with Christ. As I listened to the song, I was reminded of one of my favorite stories from the Bible, The road to Emmaus. The part of this scripture that this song made clear for me, is when Jesus broke bread with the men he had traveled with. At that moment, they recognized him and knew that they had seen the Risen Lord. However, if we think of it in the message of this song, he led the travelers to the table with him where he broke bread with them.
It may seem a bit of a stretch, however, at that time sitting at the table and breaking bread and sharing a meal together was important as a family and as a community. Another part of this song, that made me think of this passage, is the road that was taken to the table. At some point in our lives we were as the men just starting our journey, not understanding or knowing the truth about what was done for us in Christ. As we learned more about the scriptures and our faith. We traveled further down the road, at times we may have become lost, or a taken a path that did not lead us to the full understanding of what waited for us with Christ. However, regardless of the way we went, Jesus was and is always waiting for us to join him at the table. No matter how far we stray from the path, he is there to guide us back so that we may join him at the table he has prepared for us.
When Jesus sat with the 12 the night before he died, the table was set to which we would all be invited to sit and share with him, and with each other. How willing are we to join in that table? How willing are we to share that table with others? How willing are we to invite others to the table that is presented to us?
As Christians, we should be willing to share this table with any and all who wish to join and know its bounty, accepting them with love and open minds and hearts.
Perhaps you are not Christian, or perhaps you do not have a faith that you practice. In that case, the invitation to this table is one in what we all share together, our humanity. And it is in that humanity that we should be willing to sit and share together in friendship, compassion and respect towards one another.
If you have a chance to listen to this song, I would strongly recommend it to you, and if you do listen to it, I would like to know how did it touch you?
In Peace and love
Pastor Lisa Chachula