A Way Of Escape
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
The table is set. The bread and wine are there, and Jesus says to you, “Come,
My child, partake.” But you tell Him, “Lord, I am unworthy!” You are
afraid to come to the Lord’s table perhaps because you have been taught
that if you partake in your “unworthy” state, you will come under God’s fiery
My friend, Jesus has washed you whiter than snow and qualified you with His
own blood, so you are as worthy as worthy can be! The most humble thing you
can do now is to acknowledge His perfect sacrifice and accept His invitation with
In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul tells the church how to partake of the Lord’s Supper
so that they will not drink judgment to themselves. The word “judgment” in verses
29 and 34 is krima in the original Greek text. It refers to a divine sentence. And in
the context of this passage, the divine sentence refers to sickness.
But when was this divine sentence of sickness passed? It was passed when
Adam sinned. (Genesis 3:19) When he sinned, death entered the world (Genesis
2:17), and man would grow old and weak, fall sick and die.
So it is not that God is passing sentences of sickness on people today. How
can that be when Jesus said, “For God did not send His Son into the world to
condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John
3:17) God is not in the business of condemning but saving. And the Greek word
for “saved”, sozo, also means to preserve, heal and make whole.
God does not want you to suffer the divine sentence of sickness that is already
in the world, so He has given you a way of escape, paid for by the blood of His
Son. He wants you to be healthy and whole, without the diseases of the world, and
He has made this possible for you through the Holy Communion.
So don’t be robbed of this tremendous blessing any longer because of erroneous
teachings that have put fear in your heart. Come boldly to the Lord’s table
today and receive afresh His health, strength, wholeness and life!