At Christ’s Table
Adapted from Till He Come by Charles Spurgeon
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,
as though some strange thing happened to you;
13 but REJOICE to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings,
that when His glory is revealed,
you may also be glad with exceeding JOY.
14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ,
blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer,
or as a busybody in other people’s matters.
16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian,
let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter,
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God;
and if it begins with us first,
what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God
commit their souls to Him in doing good,
as to a faithful Creator.
—1 Peter 4:12-19
At the Last Supper, Christ brought all His disciples as table-companions, a prophecy that applies to all of His people forever. In heaven, there cannot be less of a privilege than on earth. It cannot be that believers will be degraded from what they have been below. The disciples were companions at Christ’s table here below, and they will still be table-companions in heaven above. Blessed is he that will eat bread in the kingdom of God. “Many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,” and the Lord Jesus will be at the head of the table (Matt. 8:11).
What will His table of JOY be like? What will be His celebration when His reward is seated around Him and His triumph is all achieved? Whatever it is, you will share in it. For you poor, working woman, what a change to sit among princes and near to your Lord Jesus, with all your hard work and poverty ended forever. And you, sad child of suffering, will not have pain there, and you will be forever with the Lord. The JOY of Christ will be your JOY forever and ever! In the anticipation of the JOY that will be yours, forget your current troubles. Rise above today’s difficulties, and if you cannot REJOICE because of the present, REJOICE for the future that will soon be yours.
Here is the way of salvation: believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. To believe in Him is to trust Him; it is leaning on Him, resting on Him. Rest your whole weight on Christ in a spiritual sense. You have a load of sin; lean on Him, sin and all. You are unworthy, weak, and perhaps miserable. Cast on Him the weakness, the unworthiness, the misery and all. Take Him to be all in all to you, and when you have trusted Him, you will have become His follower. Go on by humility to be His disciple, by obedience to be His servant, by love to be His friend, and by communion to be His table-companion.
All emphasis is mine