Whilst helping in a Palm Sunday service at an Anglican Church I discovered that the altar table in that particular Church is a plain, old block of chipboard held up on ornamental legs and covered with an altar cloth. Church of England Churches are known as High Anglican if they have a bias towards altar-based pomp and ceremony and, although this Church does not fit the stereotype, it made me think ‘why do we need an altar table in our Church buildings anyway?’ Romans 12:1 implies that our very lives are the new ‘altar table’ where what we do and what we say and, even, what we think has the potential to be a fragrant offering to God.
But what a high bar this is!!
How can our lives, warts and all, be a fragrant offering to God?
It is because God is not ‘smelling’ the fragrance of our own efforts but is ‘smelling’ Jesus’ perfect performance given to us by faith in Him. Hebrews 7:26 tells us how perfect Jesus’ sacrifice was. God’s high bar has been hurdled by the ultimate high priest and gratitude is our overwhelming emotion and the result? … lives that look and smell sweet!! Have a good week and Happy Easter