“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The sure mercies of David.”Isaiah 55:1-3
This supper that is laid out before us has conditions. Not just anyone can come and eat.
We see in Isaiah 55:1-3 that the first condition is that you must not try to buy it. God offers satisfying food and drink. God offers joy and delight. He offers everlasting love and mercy in abundance. But He will not sell it to you.
You must come without money. You must not come seeking to trade your church attendance for God’s blessing. You must not seek to trade your generosity. You must not come to God with your grief over your sin in your hands thinking that He will consider that a worthy payment for His love.
No, come to this supper with anything at all in your hands and you have disqualified yourself from it.
You must come with empty hands, boasting in nothing at all except for the broken and crushed body of Christ and the blood of Jesus poured out for you.
But you must come. You are not qualified for God’s covenant mercies if you do not come to Him. The call is to “come!” The call is to “eat!” You must “listen carefully to [God]”.
Here before us is food that truly satisfies and drink that brings delight. God delivers on this promise in Isaiah 55 through this food and this drink. And the food and drink that He gives is Himself. Jesus is the living water (John 7:37-39), Christ is the bread of life (John 6:35).
If you have come to God with empty hands and entrusted yourself to God’s suffering servant who bears your sin and guilt and shame, then this meal is a very tangible image and reminder of God’s everlasting covenant to you. As you eat this bread and drink this wine today, remember that Christ is the spiritual food and drink that truly satisfies.
If you have not come to Christ and received eternal life, then this supper is not for you. You first need to go to God with empty hands and buy without price that which this supper points us to – Jesus Christ.