When we gather at the Lord’s Table, we are coming near to Him. We are approaching Him. How could we be partaking of Him and not be coming near? From the vantage of the holy things, our worship is a coming. From the vantage of our daily lives, our worship is a going. Come, let us go to worship the Lord.
Now in Isaiah 48, the Lord has a word for those who would come unto Him. He says, “Come ye near unto me, hear ye this” (v. 16).
What does He want us to hear? Among other things, He says, “I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit.” In this context, it means that He wants our observance of this Supper to edify us, to build us up, to establish us. But it doesn’t do this automatically. Paul tells the Corinthians that their observance of the Supper is not profiting them; it is doing more harm than good.
God teaches us to profit, but we learn to profit when we hear what He is teaching us. As we see the Lord in and through the entire service, we stop attributing a mere earthly value to it.
So God is here. And so are you—because He has summoned you. He has summoned you because He has something to say to you, and He wants you to hear it. You may hear it, by a true and lively faith, as you approach this Table to eat and to drink.
So hear what He says to you. Come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ