We read in Scripture: “Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.” (Mark 16:14) Located in Nazareth, the
Mensa Christi table, Table of Christ, the chalk rock slab that you see before you, is traditionally accepted as being the very table at which Jesus ate with his disciples after he had risen from the dead. It was here that Jesus expressed his disappointment with his talmidim, his students, for doubting his resurrection from the dead. And it was here that he gave them the grand commission to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation,” adding, “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)
As you stand looking at this table, you can feel that same commission being passed down the ages to you personally and you may receive a strong anointing to tell others of the sacrifices made by the Master on our behalf.
In the book of John however, it is written that Jesus appeared to his disciples for the third time while they were fishing in the Sea of Galilee. After telling them to “cast their net on the right-hand side of the boat” to find a catch, they found their nets were so full that they were barely able to drag them in to the shore. But when they did they saw that Jesus had already prepared the coals and was already cooking a meal for them of fish and bread. When Jesus called them to have breakfast with Him none needed to question who he was for they all knew. Here at the church called the Place of the Coals we find the very table on which Jesus offered breakfast to His disciples. If you breathe deeply you might still get a whiff of the fish and bread baking over the coals.
As he passed out the simple meal, he turned to Peter questioning him as to his devotion and giving him the commission to “shepherd my sheep.”
He then told him—“Follow me.” As you stand observing the site where all this occurred two thousand years ago, you can hear the Master’s voice still calling out today—“Follow me.” Yes Jesus is able to fulfill the needs of the belly but he also fulfills the needs of the soul. Just follow Him.
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