Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Heart of Christmas: The Lavish Banquet


"In that day" is a phrase that refers to the end times. Isaiah describes a terror so great that people will run from the report of disaster and fall into a pit. When they climb out of the pit, they'll fall into a snare. The earth will shake violently. Break asunder. Reel like a drunkard. Totter like a shack.

I read those words and shuddered. I don't want to be around for any of it. 

While all the reeling and tottering are happening, God will reveal the different kind of adventure planned for His Beloved.

"And the Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; a banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine...He will swallow up the covering which is over all people..." Isaiah 25:6-7

The food will be delicious. The wine will be superb. Best of all, God will remove the "covering" that separates us from Him. 

He will wipe away every tear. 

Think about that for a minute. God will reach out, touch our faces with the hands that formed Adam from the clay of the earth, and wipe away every tear. 

While the earth is shaking and breaking asunder, we'll have a lovely banquet with God Himself.

We'll all say, "This is what I've been waiting for." (v9) We won't be talking about great wine or delicious food. We'll be talking about the presence of God, about His man-forming hands touching our faces.

When we're in His presence, we'll realize it was what we were homesick for all our lives. It will be what we've always wanted, and when we're finally with Him, it'll be worth the wait.

It's Jesus' lavish sacrifice and the empty tomb that made it all possible. 

Let's enjoy the lovely decorations, beautiful music, and delicious food of this season, but never lose sight of the price that was paid and the glory to come.
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