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December 9, 2013

The Message of the Table: It is Accomplished (May 2012)

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By Keith Brenton

When the four gospel writers sparingly record the events of the crucifixion, they seem to be directed by the twenty-second Psalm in the details which they choose to disclose:

The mockery and insults. The thirst. The exhaustion. The piercing of hands and feet. The dividing of garments and casting of lots. The plaintive cry, “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?”

What they leave unsaid are the parts of the psalm that the people of their day would have sung and heard many times in their lives; the words of unswerving faith and confident praise from King David’s plea for mercy and help. No doubt its lament and it recognition of God’s power had sustained the descendants of Israel in their humiliation and enslavement following the conquests of Babylon, Greece and Rome:

“Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.”

“I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.”

“From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.”

“Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn — for he has accomplished it.”

And at the cross, these prophetic words find fulfillment in the final victory cry “It is accomplished!” — and provide reassurance through what the Lord has achieved there.

A Prayer for the Bread
God of heaven and earth, we cannot help but recall the moment Your Son was suspended between them when we eat this bread, His body. For deep within, we know the answer to His question, “Why?” – and it is our sin. So we share His faith, His righteousness as we share this bread in gratitude and witness to the salvation You have brought … for You have accomplished it through Jesus. Amen.

A Prayer for the Cup
Lord, we put our trust in You as did our forefathers in faith, and You have delivered us. We will declare your name to our brothers; in the congregation we will praise you. We will fulfill our vows to live like Your Son. We will serve Him and tell future generations about Him and proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn through the sharing of this cup, the blood of the Christ, the Son of God. Amen.

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