The Table of Communion

And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. – John 2:10

The table of communion is one at which God’s children must sit. And the first thing they must drink of there, is the cup of communion with Christ in His sufferings. If thou wouldst come to the table of communion with Christ, thou must first of all drink of the wine of Calvary. Christian, thy head must be crowned with thorns. Thy hands must be pierced, I mean not with nails, but, spiritually thou must be crucified with Christ. We must suffer with Him, or else we cannot reign with Him; we must labour with Him first, we must sup of the wine which His Father gave Him to drink, or else we cannot expect to come to the better part of the feast. After drinking of the wine of His sufferings, and continuing to drink of it, we must drink of the cup of His labours, we must be baptized with His baptism, we must labour after souls, and sympathise with Him in that ambition of His heart-the salvation of sinners, and after that He will give us to drink of the cup of His anticipated honours. Here on earth we shall have good wine in communion with Christ in His resurrection, in His triumphs and His victories, but the best wine is to come at last. O chambers of communion, your gates have been opened to me; but I have only been able to glance within them; but the day is coming when on your diamond hinges ye shall turn, and stand wide open for ever and ever; and I shall enter into the King’s palace and go no more out. O Christian! thou shalt soon see the King in His beauty; thy head shall soon be on His bosom; thou shalt soon sit at His feet with Mary; thou shalt soon do as the spouse did, thou shalt kiss Him with the kisses of thy lips, and feel that His love is better than wine. When you begin to see Him face to face, when you enter into the closest fellowship, with nothing to disturb or to distract you, then shall you say “The best wine is kept until now.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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