Heaven Opens

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Exodus 24:1-12

Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD . . .” (v. 1)

Several years ago my wife and I won a trip to Hollywood to attend a movie premier. We arrived at the movie studio property just as a line of limos pulled up. Out emerged the stars of the film we were about to watch. I found myself wondering, “What am I doing here surrounded by Hollywood royalty?”

During Israel’s encampment at Mount Sinai, the Lord invites Moses and the elders of Israel to ascend the mountain. There, heaven opens and they see the glory of God. They eat and drink at a table set for them surrounded by his glory. What is God doing, inviting mere mortals to commune with him? This meal at Mount Sinai anticipates another table and a greater communion. Centuries later, God sends his Son from heaven, born of a woman, and at the Last Supper, Jesus says to his disciples, “No longer do I call you servants . . . but I have called you friends . . . ” (John 15:15).

We count ourselves among Jesus’ disciples. When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we marvel that we are no longer merely servants. We are friends—friends of Jesus and friends of the Most High God. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross, and because of our fellowship in his body and blood, we live in communion: communion with each other and communion with our Lord. Heaven is open to us, and every moment becomes an opportunity to encounter the glory and grace of God. —Ben Van Arragon

As you pray, marvel that we commune with Jesus.