We were recently at the King's Buffet restaurant with a group of friends. What an assortment of foods — a true feast! There was so much to choose from and too many choices to have something of everything — everything from breakfast items to desserts. Of course, most of us ate more than we needed to eat and were full, maybe even stuffed. As we drove by the restaurant again a few days later, I read the sign — King's Buffet — and I thought to myself, There's a devotional to write.
The dictionary describes a feast as a banquet, a lavish meal. A feast in ancient Israel was a festival associated with occasions of religious joy. Some feasts mentioned in the Bible are the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Firstfruits, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), the Feast of Trumpets (New Year), the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Jesus told the parable of the wedding feast, which prefigures the wedding feast of the Lamb, to be celebrated in heaven when Christ is united with His Bride, the Church.
Matthew 22:2-10 – The Kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son. He sent his servants to tell the invited guests to come to the feast, but they did not want to come. So he sent other servants with this message for the guests: "My feast is ready now; my steers and prize calves have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast!" But the invited guests paid no attention and went about their business: one went to his farm, another to his store, while others grabbed the servants, beat them, and killed them. The king was very angry; so he sent his soldiers, who killed those murderers, and burned down their city. Then he called his servants and said to them, "My wedding feast is ready, but the people I invited did not deserve it. Now go to the main streets and invite to the feast as many people as you find." So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, good and bad alike; and the wedding hall was filled with people. (GNT)
Revelation 19:9a – Then the angel said to me, "Write this: Happy are those who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb." (GNT)
God has invited us to His heavenly feast, a glorious celebration of all who have heard the call to come to Jesus, all who are in Christ, all who have accepted His invitation. This is the most important invitation we will ever receive. No excuses! No looking back. Come to the feast!
Can you just imagine what it will be like at the wedding feast of the Lamb? Everyone is welcome there — from every tribe and nation. Come all who are hungry and thirsty — come to the feast of the King. Come to Jesus, Who is the bread of life, and be satisfied — not stuffed, but satisfied. Whoever comes to Jesus will never go hungry or be thirsty again. Jesus loved us so much that He died on the cross so that you and I could have everlasting life in heaven with Him. Come and be the honoured guest of the King; come to the feast! What a celebration that will be!
The invitation has been made. Have you accepted?
- Come to the feast that the Lord hath spread,
Here every soul may be truly fed;
Come in the name of your Living Head,
Washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Margaret Moody, 1891
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for inviting us to Your heavenly feast. The tables are spread and all is ready. May we all be ready to accept Your invitation today. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.