Jesus Christ is the King who has come to us with unmatchable strength. [Dan 4:34-35]:
“His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; . . . and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
The question the Gospel poses to us is not, “Do you think you can hang with Him?” Or, “Do you think you can stand toe-to-toe with Him by your own strength?” The Gospel tells us that this King has already sought terms of peace with us by offering Himself on the cross on our behalf. And the Gospel asks us, “Will you count the cost of following Him? Will you recognize the cost of His sacrifice? Will you recognize that you don’t have the strength to build a tower of His kingdom, nor the ability and power to war with Him?”
“Will you instead receive His offer of peace? His offer of grace? Will you proclaim that Jesus is Lord?”
This meal is His grace and His peace. Here we are family in a higher way than our earthly families. Here we are shown Christ’s cross in preparation for our continued carrying of our own crosses. Here all that we have is shown to be worthless in comparison to the great worth of peace with God through the cross of Christ.
So come to Jesus. Eat His body, drink His blood, be gathered under His sheltering wings.