“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:5 NIV)
On the night Jesus would be betrayed, he celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples. This meal commemorated the great act of deliverance of the Jewish people by God through his servant Moses (see Exodus 12). There, in the presence of their enemies–their Egyptian oppressors–God prepared a table for them.
Centuries later, Jesus took, blessed, broke, and gave bread and wine at certain junctures within that Passover meal. He used the elements to teach his disciples that he was the host of the table. That is, he is the one preparing the table before them.
And he used the elements to teach his disciples that he was the meal. That is, he is the table prepared for us, by which we are nourished, strengthened, and refreshed. This time, the hostile enemy is our sin.
We may feel out of control, beaten down, guilty, and ashamed. And we might be right to feel that way! Sometimes the weight of a person’s sin feels as though it is bearing down on them, laying siege to their soul. It is at this very moment we can rejoice because Christ our Lord has come and prepared a table before us in the presence of this enemy within. The enemy that oppresses our soul–our own sin and rebellion against God–is undone by the Savior who enters enemy-occupied territory and prepares his table of grace.
Prayer: God, I praise you for the cross, for your defeat of sin, and for your promise of forgiveness. Help me to receive the grace you offer there each and every day. Amen.