by John McKain

Come and Dine (Lord's Supper)
John McKain
John 21:12

''Jesus saith unto them, 'Come and dine.'' In these words the believer is invited to a holy nearness to Jesus. To say, ''Come and dine,'' implies that the invitation is to the same table to share the same meat and the same drink. Indeed it means to come and sit side by side, and as with the Apostle John, who so loved Jesus, to lean our head upon the Savior's shoulder. To come to the Master's table is to enter into the banqueting house, where waves a banner of redeeming love.

The words of Jesus, ''Come and dine,'' inform us greatly. First, they give us a vision of union with Jesus. You see, the only food that we can feast upon when we dine with Jesus is Himself. And oh!, what a mysterious marvel it is. It is a depth which reason cannot fathom, that we should feed upon Jesus. Yet Jesus said, ''He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him.'' At those words, others faltered. Others ceased to follow. They did not comprehend the spiritual significance of our Lord's unifying words.

''Come and dine.'' It is also an invitation to enjoy fellowship with the saints. Christians may differ on a variety of points, but they all have one spiritual appetite. We may not feel alike. We may not all act alike. We may not all look alike. We may not all think alike. But we all feed alike on the bread of life sent down from heaven. At the table of fellowship with Jesus we are one bread and one cup.

This is why the ancients and some faiths today continue to drink from the same cup and eat from the same loaf. It is a unique symbol for unity in the body of Christ. Paul wrote, ''For as the body is one, ...

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