April 8th Lenten Devotional

Room at the Table

Chad Pierce

Mark 14:17-21

Jesus was no stranger to awkward dinner conversations. He had a habit of dining with people you would not expect. From tax collectors and sinners to Pharisees, Jesus had a way of drawing all people in. I would imagine that his “last supper” with the disciples might have been the worst. Surrounded by his closest followers he dined with those who not only misunderstood him but who would ultimately betray him?

I wonder what Jesus thought as he heard one disciple after another righteously affirm that they could never betray him? I wonder if he longed to dine once again with the sinners and tax collectors? At least they weren’t hypocrites. I wonder if there was part of Jesus that just wanted to ask some of the disciples like Judas to leave, or at least go sit on the other side of the room?

He didn’t. God doesn’t. That’s not who God is. Lent reminds us that it is when we are at our worst that Christ meets us with his outstretched arms. Just as Christ welcomed the sleepy ones, the disowning ones, the frightened ones, the betrayers to his last meal, he continues to call sinners to the feast of his table. Christ’s suffering was meant to break down barriers between us and God and between one another.

In Lent we are reminded that we are welcome at Christ’s table not because of who we are but because of who God is. In Lent we are also called to set our tables after the table of Christ. I wonder if all are welcome at our tables?

Pray that God would open your heart to someone who is not currently welcome at your table.

Rev. Dr. Chad Pierce is the Pastor of Faith Christian Reformed Church in Holland, MI.

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