Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
“To promote Godly living in a culture committed to destroying it”
Friday, May 27, 2016
Preparations for the Gospel of Jesus Christ were prophesied as a feast. In Isaiah 25:6-9, we are told God will prepare for us a feast – rich foods, the choicest meats, and the finest aged wines. With it will come salvation for all people, Jews and Gentile alike. All nations will be liberated from the death of sin and anyone who trusts in Him will be saved.
Jesus shares with us some of the many aspects of that feast in His parable of the wedding banquet (Matthew 22:1-14). Jesus begins by reminding us the wedding feast was prepared by the King, His Father, the King of Kings and LORD of LORDs, the same King referred to in Isaiah. The King has been preparing a long time for the marriage of His Son Jesus Christ, the bridegroom. Now Christ has come to begin preparing His Church, His bride. We all have an idea of how sumptuous a wedding can be here on Earth; it staggers the imagination how wonderful the wedding feast will be for the Son of God (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Jesus tells us a banquet has been prepared for those who have been invited. This banquet consists of the rich spiritual food only God can give. These delicacies include the privileges of membership in Christ’s Holy Church, including the blessings of the New Covenant, the pardon of sin, the favor of God, peace of conscience, the promises of the Gospel, access to the Throne of Grace, comforts of the Holy Spirit, and the sure promise of eternal life.
What a feast! No One else except our Heavenly Father could prepare and provide such a vast and rich array of blessings, reward no man could dream of or duplicate, yet our Father provides them because of His intense and everlasting love for us and for His Son. He is a God of provision and makes sure we never lack spiritual food, if only we humble ourselves and accept His invitation to the banquet.
A wedding feast here on Earth is a joyous day, with celebration and consumption of rich food. On Earth, however, the celebration of a feast lasts only a short time before we return to the stress and frustration of our daily lives. God’s feast, however, is a continual and everlasting feast. The gift of His Son assures that we and others will never have to cease our feasting nor our enjoyment in the feast.
The feast, however, does not come without cost. In order to provide the rich foods and blessings, we are reminded how the day of a feast is accompanied by slaughter – originally fatted animals, but for us the sacrifice of Christ through His death on the Cross. All preparations for the Gospel feast are founded in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we are called to remember the incredible sacrifice He made on our behalf.
That sacrifice made, we are comforted by how this feast was made for love, a reconciliation feast and a token of God’s good will toward men. It was made so we can rejoice and be filled, not with physical food, but the spiritual food for which every soul hungers. God is gracious and generous in His provision. He provides sufficiency to satisfy even the most empty and longing soul. He is a God who gives enough, to the point where our cups runneth over (Psalm 23:5).
It is normal for God to have us feast on His provisions. This parable reminds us of how many souls refuse to come to the feast. Ask yourself today what you have done with your own invitation. Have you sent back your R.S.V.P. to God through prayer to accept Jesus Christ as LORD, or have you set the invitation on a shelf, waiting for the right day to respond? The guest list is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5, 13:8, 17:8, 20:15, 21:27). Jesus warns us that to delay our response is risky (Matthew 24:36), and we may miss the feast if we delay. Those who wait until the eleventh hour may die at 10:59.
God has a bountiful feast prepared for you. Don’t risk the chance of being part of the feast. It is normal to want to be part of His banquet table and to feast in His Glory and the riches of His glorious Kingdom. Take time today to assure your place at the table of His Gospel feast by accepting His Son as your Savior.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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