Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
The words above are from the prophet Isaiah. As we work hard these last few weeks before Christmas, as we are tempted to buzz around smelling like peppermint and pumpkin spice, may we remember that all of this laboring and hustling for a worthy life is over. Hustling and striving to prove we have value is like spending money on bread that is not really bread.
Jesus has come to give us food that is good, that is rich without us having to spend any money. He is making our life worthy. He is establishing a new life for us with the bread and wine, with his body, reminding us of his steadfast, sure love for his people. For us. For me. For you. He is saying, “I make you worthy. You are worthy because of my love for you.”
So come to the table and eat up. I’ll pass the bread. It’s really good.