THE TEACHER AT THE TABLE


What makes for a great teacher? Most people can list one or two favorite teachers that had some affect on their life.  I had a Grade 11 English teacher at Kennedy Collegiate named Mr. Alexander. He was tall and thin, had an enormous beard and drove a Corvette. I always enjoyed his class. Honestly, I do not remember one thing he taught. But I remember the way he helped me grow in confidence and how my appetite was stirred for great literature.

Great teachers do not just give you information—they leak what they are filled with. They are effective because they have been deeply immersed and transformed by that which they’ve studied.

The early church had a great teacher in Paul. He was deeply affected by the Word of God and his experience with Jesus.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

In this instance Paul is teaching something that he himself had been deeply affected by. He does not add to what Jesus taught, but faithfully and humbly reports what Jesus had said and done.

The Lord’s Table is a practice of the Church where we are invited to experience Jesus’ own teaching directly. It is Jesus who invites you to eat bread as a remembrance that His body was sacrificed to give life to you. His blood represented in the cup reminds us that God has an agreement with us sealed in blood. It is a lasting covenant that we need to remind ourselves of continuously.

The best way for you to be a great teacher of God’s truth is to let Jesus fill you with Himself. His presence in your life is a message that others can learn from. Great teachers do not just give you information—they leak what they are filled with. They are effective because they have been deeply immersed and transformed by that which they’ve studied.

As we come to the bread and the cup, hear Jesus’ invitation to you. Come and remember. Hunger and thirst for this reality. As we come to this table, we are affirming this truth—Christ had died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.

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