SITTING AT THE DINING TABLE WITH JESUS
CHILDREN OF GOD, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, CHRISTIANS AND FRIENDS; I set before you this morning a very personal question for you to ponder if you have never pondered it before. What would it be like to sit down at the dining table with Jesus and enjoy both a physical and spiritual meal with Jesus? What are your thoughts?
Today, you have entered into the upper room where I am your waiter and Jesus has given me instructions to serve up all who enters in and sits down at the table to sup with Him. On the menu today are three very special spiritual dishes. They are REGENERATION, SANCTIFICATION and GLORIFICATION.
Now let us begin with REGENERATION; this is where the Spirit of God indwells a repentant sinner and imparts eternal life to his or her spiritually dead soul. (Eph. 2:1-5). People who are spiritually dead have no communication with God. These people are physically alive, but their sins have rendered them spiritually unresponsive, alienated from God, and thus incapable of experiencing the full life that God could give them.
Listen clearly to what I have to say, because your soul needs regeneration. It wasn’t so long ago that you
were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah. He revived us, and now He wants us to live, love and enjoy our spiritual meal and share it with all others.
Now let us serve you with the spiritual meal of SANCTIFICATION; It is the process in which God develops the new life of the believer and gradually brings it to perfection. (Eph. 6:11, Phil. 1:6).
In your new spiritual life you are going to come face to face with evil spirits. God wants you to be prepared to fight and win. Therefore, please understand the reason you are sitting at the dining table with Jesus. His goal is to prepare you, then empower you before sending you into battle with the evil forces of darkness. Know that God’s strength and power are part of the Kingdom blessings available to all God’s people. You need to put on all God’s armor, the divine and complete outfit that God gives believers in order to provide all we need to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. The Devil rules the world of darkness, the kingdom opposed to God.
And that about wraps it up; God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Our ability to stand firm depends on our use of the armor.
Now our final meal for the day is GLORIFICATION; It is the ultimate salvation of the whole person. (Phil. 3:21). God wants to make us whole, are you ready to sit at this table and enjoy the fruits of peace?
When Christ returns, he will conquer everything, everywhere. There will be no more sin, no more evil rulers, and no more persecution of believers. Christ will be King of Kings and Lord of lords, ruler over all. (Revelation 19:11-16). With that same power, he will transform all believers’ weak mortal bodies into glorious bodies like Christ’s resurrected body. Our identities will not change, but our bodies will be like Jesus glorified body. This won’t be an external resemblance, but we will share his nature and life.
In conclusion, I ask, what did you receive from “SITTING AT THE DINING TABLE WITH JESUS?”