Here at this table we remember and are reminded of the gospel. So remember that gospel means “good news.” Here we celebrate the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We celebrate His body broken and His blood shed in our place, for our sins, which simply means that this meal is for sinners. This meal is for screwups. This meal is for those who know they need a Savior.
This meal is not for good people who have it all together. This meal is not for perfect marriages, perfect families, perfect kids, perfect parents, or perfect roommates or neighbors. This meal is for fornicators and adulterers and homosexuals, for thieves and liars, for prostitutes and tax collectors, for murderers and rapists, for blasphemers and for those who have dishonored their parents, for complainers and gossips and those who have lost their temper in a rage.
And what you find here is Christ who was crucified for those sins. You find His body broken and His blood shed to take away those sins. You cannot come here and hold on to those sins, but if you are ready to be rid of them, Christ is here, ready to set you free. Christ is here ready to wash you completely clean. And so you are invited, and you are most welcome. This is the good news, the gospel.
Are you a sinner? Then you qualify. Do you need grace? Then come. Do you need wisdom? This meal is for you? Are you anxious, worried, fearful, heartbroken? Then come to Christ. His body was broken for you. His blood was shed for you.
Come and welcome to Jesus Christ.