When Jesus was leaving the disciples and heading to the cross, what did He leave for them to remember Him by, an altar or a table?
Hebrews is a fascinating letter in the Bible, because I t reveals the depth of what Jesus accomplished through His life, sacrifice, and resurrection. It reveals the weakness of the Old Covenant because of our sin, and the power of the New Covenant based on a better promise.
The kicker is it also reveals that Jesus alone is the One who mediates and maintains this covenant between He and the Father. I have no role to play in keeping the covenant. I simply believe and thank Jesus for all He’s done on my behalf because I could never do it on my own.
Hebrews also clearly teaches that there’s absolutely no more need for sacrifices. The ultimate and final sacrifice has been made and it covers all my sin and yours – every stinkin’ one of them.
Therefore, there’s no longer any need or even use for an altar!
What Jesus left us to remember Him by is a table. He wants us to celebrate Him every time we gather around the table together.
It’s around the table that we are refreshed by good food, drink, and conversations. It’s around the table that we cry together and celebrate! It’s around the table that we have deep conversations and we tell our favorite stories and jokes.
What a gift Jesus has given us! The altar is finished, the table is open – join in.
Let’s talk about it (reply below) –
Why does it matter that the altar has been abolished?
How does seeing Jesus beckoning you to a table (not an altar) change your relationship with Him?