Table Talk

Table Talk is a free weekly devotional that provides writings for use as a bulletin insert for congregations and for use in family devotions. It follows the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) used by SOLA Publishing. ILT makes it available every week, free of charge, on our Resources page and by email subscription. Table Talk's message delivers God's devotion to you, his wayward people, through his Son Jesus Christ.

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The Third Sunday Of Easter

April 18, 2021

What we have in this text is a sending account like that of Matthew, chapter 28. In Matthew’s account, the disciples had doubters among them. Here, the disciples were disbelieving. Jesus had to “open their minds to understand the Scriptures” (vs. 45). Just like in Matthew’s account (and Mark’s, John’s, and Acts’) the disciples are transformed from the ones who follow after Jesus, into the ones who are sent out to bear witness to Jesus. With this sending, Jesus gives a name to replace disciple; he gives them the name apostle.

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The Second Sunday of Easter

April 11, 2021

Jesus pronounces a beatitude upon Thomas’ confession of faith. “Blessed are…” Jesus says. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (vs. 29). Jesus has asked a question of Thomas, “Have you believed because you have seen me?” But, before Thomas can answer, Jesus pronounces that beatitude. Here, we should pay attention to what Jesus says and what he doesn’t say. Obviously, believing without seeing receives a blessing. After all, that’s the definition of faith. The Apostle Paul declares that we “walk by faith and not by sight.” He also says that we hope for what we do not see. The book of Hebrews defines faith as “the evidence of things unseen.” To “see” something destroys the holding of it by faith. In fact, just as Paul says that sight destroys hope (Ro. 8:24), one could say that sight destroys faith as well.

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The Resurrection of Our Lord

April 04, 2021

Fear does this, you know. Fear silences you. Fear muzzles you as you anticipate the consequences of speaking. These women--Mary, Mary, and Salome—received great and mighty news: “He is risen!” (vs. 6). The resurrection of Jesus Christ… God’s triumph over all the powers and principalities on earth and in heaven… Jesus’ vindication against the religious and secular powers that tried to silence him by shutting him up in a tomb… the resurrection was the most wonderful news the world would ever hear. The young man commissioned those women to be preachers of this good news. Yet… Yet, they went out in fear and were silent.

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Holy Saturday

April 03, 2021

Jesus was born into this creation from a virgin womb. He is born into the new creation through a virgin tomb. The virginity of the womb and the tomb drive home to us the absolutely unprecedented event that is Jesus Christ. Nothing like Jesus had happened before; and, by inference, nothing like him has happened since. Joseph of Arimathea provided the newly hewn tomb, never used, and, until Jesus’ death, reserved for Joseph himself. He sealed the tomb with a “great stone.” Like the rock of the tomb itself, this stone was of carved and shaped limestone. This wheel-like stone was mounted in a sloped channel in which the stone could roll downhill until it came to rest and blocked completely the entrance to the tomb. The heft of the stone meant several men would be required to roll the stone up its channel and unblock the entrance. The requirement of several men to open the tomb discouraged tomb robbers and others who would defile the grave.

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