This is a gospel Table, a good news Table. This is a Table that presents the broken body and shed blood. This means it cannot contain a hard message for anyone who partakes of it in living evangelical faith. This makes it the Table of no condemnation.
Because God is here, with no condemnation, this means that He wants you to be done with comparisons. You have to be perfect to be here at all, and that perfection is found in Jesus. The broken body is perfect. The shed blood is perfect. The salvation that God offers in the cross is sufficient, and cannot be supplemented with anything that we might bring here.
The only thing we bring here is the need to be here. That’s it, and that’s all.
So when you come before the Lord, no comparisons. No one here should be worried about how other moms have their act together more than you do. No one here should be tormented by the sins of their youth. No one here should be afflicted by your unworthiness. Of course we are not worthy—that is the whole point. What makes us think the Lord wanted us to establish another Pharisee awards banquet? The world is crammed full of those. The Lord did not come because we were running short of those. That is the world system, a system which Jesus came to push clean over. He toppled it.
In that defeated system, a few get the choice portion and the medal, and everyone else chews on their dry bones of envious comparison and self-accusation, resolving to strive harder next time. But that is not what we have here. This is the Table of no condemnation. It is the Table of no comparisons. Jesus died once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous. There is no next time.
So come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.