Come and Dine

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Luke 22:29,30 – And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom…

Most people really enjoy the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to Christmas all the way through the New Year we will find ourselves celebrating with friends and family. There is something inside of us that wants to be at home sitting around the family table. After all, there is no place like home. I believe that this is something that is part of our human makeup, part of what it means to be created in the image of God. This longing for community is actually a longing for the community that surrounds our Heavenly Father’s table. What a table that must be ! Can you imagine what that day will be like when we are actually in heaven, in our Father’s house, sitting at our prepared place at the table of the Lord? That is what our hearts are really longing for and that is why Thanksgiving and Christmas tables are so special. Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards on the Father’s table.

“Heaven is the house where God dwells with his family. God is represented in Scripture as having a family; and though some of this family are now on earth, yet in so being they are abroad and not at home, but all going home: Ephesians “3:15, “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” Heaven is the place that God has built for himself and his children. God has many children, and the place designed for them is heaven; therefore the saints, being the children of God, are said to be of the household of God. God is represented as a householder or head of a family, and heaven is his house. Heaven is the house not only where God hath his throne, but also where he doth as it were keep his table, where his children sit down with him at his table and where they are feasted in a royal manner becoming the children of so great a King.”

What a day that will be! So this year as I celebrate from Thanksgiving through the New Year I’m going to reflect on the greatest of all celebrations that is just ahead. The marriage supper of the Lamb is being prepared, the invitations have been sent out, the table is prepared; Come and dine, the Master is calling.

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