DayBreaks for 8/31/17: The Sinner’s Feast
From the DayBreaks archive, 8/2007:
One of my favorite pictures of Scripture is the feast scene that gets brief mention in Revelation, and in a few other books of the NT. Let’s face it: we love to eat, don’t we? And we love to have a great time, right? What can be more exciting and fun than a festive dinner with all the trimmings, all your best friends gathered round, laughter, music…and you don’t have to either pay for it or clean up the mess afterwards? In about 2 months, our daughter will be getting married – and I look forward to the dinner after the wedding. What a joy it will be!!!
We might think of the feasts described in heaven as the Christian’s feast…a feast that will be designed, catered (and served, according to Scripture!) by Christ Himself. I am sure that there never has been, nor will there ever be, any celebration greater than that of the marriage supper of the Lamb of God with His bride, the church. By God’s grace, I look forward to being there to enjoy it! No, it wouldn’t be wrong to think of that home-coming/marriage feast as the Christian’s feast. But there’s another feast that perhaps more properly is the Christian feast – in his sermon “The Sinner’s Feast,” Lee Eclov describes what should be the celebrative side of Communion in the context of worship:
“This table is different. This table of the Lord isn’t where sinners find Christ but where sinners celebrate being found …
“Maybe some morning, instead of solemnly passing these trays, we should dance for joy. Maybe we should sing every born-again song we know. Maybe we should tell our “homecoming” stories and laugh like people who no longer fear death. Maybe we should ask if anyone wants seconds and hold our little cups high to toast lost sisters found and dead brothers alive.”
Have you ever laughed like you didn’t fear death? I don’t know that I have. But I should. Every Sunday at the Lord’s table, I should. After all, I’m one of those dead brothers who have been found alive.
PRAYER: Hallelujah, Lord God! What kind of God are You that can take dead men and women and bring us to life again? May we laugh in Your very Presence as those who no longer fear death because of what Jesus has done! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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