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Tonk Talk


By Mark Tonkery

Washington D.C. has over one hundred memorials dedicated to presidents, national heroes and heroines, wars, and major events in our nation’s history.  When I visited D.C. I stood at the base of the Washington Monument, walked the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and toured Thomas Jefferson’s Memorial.  Never once when I visited these memorials did, I go expecting to meet Washington, to talk to Lincoln, or walk with Jefferson.  I went to honor, to learn, and to be reminded of our nation’s history.


How different it is when we come to the Lord’s Memorial, the Lord’s Supper.  Yes, there are similarities; we do come to the Lord’s Table to honor, learn, and to be reminded of Jesus’s sacrifice.   Though unlike the memorials in Washington, we come proclaiming His return (1 Cor. 11:26) and we come to meet Him, the living Lord (Rev. 1:10).

In John 18:4-8 the mob with swords and clubs came looking for Jesus to carry Him away to crucify Him.  They sought Jesus for evil purposes.


As followers of Christ, we seek Him today to have fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7). One way we do this is by meeting Him around His Table.   We seek his presence, and we expect to meet Him.  Although we do not physically see Christ at the Table, He is there.  As we partake of the bread and drink the cup, we do this in remembrance of His Body and His Blood.  Christ’s absence from His Memorial is not like the absence of those memorials to the men and women in Washington D.C.  He is present.


Matthew 28:20 Jesus concludes the great commission with this promise, “….And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”   

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