Let Us Feast

Paolo Vernonese. The Wedding at Cana. 1563. Oil on Canvas. Louvre, Paris

I want to share with you thoughts of my true home. The place where our Daddy is preparing a feast for us. It is a place we can all go to if we RSVP. Space is not limited. There will be plenty of room for all of us. A place full of good things beyond our capability to imagine. A place we can get to only through Jesus, our Messenger. Like any great feast, we need to get ready. Wash up, comb our hair, and put on our best outfit and wait. Our Messenger will come one day. In a time we least expect. Are you ready to feast?

I believe heaven is a feast. A big party for all of us. There will be no seating charts, no head tables and we are all guests of honor. The only way to get there is through death. The spirit will be reunited with renewed bodies (a hotter bod… I had to include that. Can’t help it!) Death is nothing but a door which we swing open to get to the other side where the feast is prepared. Those who are prepared for the party will be allowed entry.

Preparation means constant spiritual cleansing of the soul. Putting on a new outfit in Christ. Be ready for when the bridegroom comes. Does that mean we should save our stomach for the feast? Absolutely not! How many times have you ruined your appetite by starving yourself before a feast? We are here, in this reality, as the pre-feast cocktail hour. We are here to enjoy the mini feast knowing that the true feast is behind those swinging doors. We, as Christians, are called to invite people to the ultimate feast. To join others in fellowship during this cocktail hour and look forward to main feast.

One day we will feast at God’s banqueting table. Those doors are our own to walk through and no one can do it for us. Have courage; the doors are not the end. The feast is the final destination. Sometimes I fear my door won’t open. Sometimes I get lonely and impatient. I have to remind myself that I have friends who are excited and waiting for the party too. We can talk about what we’re going to wear and pick our outfits. Help each other imagine what’s behind the doors. Joining in on the excitement of the party to come. God has called each one of us to prepare the ultimate feast this side of heaven as a foretaste of the eternal feast. We are to wait patiently with love and joy in our hearts, to break bread and commune together as we look forward to the ultimate feast God is preparing for us.

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

1 Corinthians 5:6–8

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