World War I, in a British section of the Western Front, just a few
miles back from the front lines, was a hut named Talbot House. It was
a meeting place for men going up to the trenches and men coming back.
In the loft above they served Communion — truly an upper room and
literally a last supper for many men. Over the door were these words:
“Abandon rank all ye who enter here.”
those words are above the place where the table is spread. We are all
on the same level here. All of us are sinners — confessing our sins
and seeking forgiveness in the only place it can be found — at the
foot of the cross.
J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.