A “forever” feast in a forever place.
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
I remember with joy and fondness helping my “Nana” (my maternal grandmother) cook. I remember that she was a wonderful cook. She taught me a lot about cooking good, family, meals – taught me either directly or through my mother, whom she also taught.
Nana’s “everyday” meals like spaghetti and sausage, potato pancakes, or chicken soup and “rocks” (dumplings) were just awesome!
But it was Nana’s “feasts” for Thanksgiving and Christmas that really stand out in my memory.
To this day, Nancy and I still use some of Nana’s recipes for turkey, stuffing, and, at Christmas, “Christmas Candles” (a peeled banana standing upright in a ring of pineapple slice, on a bed of lettuce surrounded by whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top).
While the food is an integral part of these memories, the prime memory is who was around the table and how the conversations went. I don’t remember the topic of conversations but I do remember laughter and joy!
And pie, lots of pie!
It is the image of a feast that shows up in Isaiah 25. This feast is “yet to come” – it will be the “marriage supper of the Lamb” that Isaiah foresees here.
The mountain is the place where we will feast. This mountain is heaven.
We’ll be going there because Jesus gave his life for our salvation on another mountain – Mt. Calvary. His death on the cross means we are forgiven of our sins.
The Holy Spirit gives us the faith to receive this forgiveness and this assures us we will be going to the mountain of heaven one day!
Jesus is preparing for all believers a feast in heaven. I’m not enamored with the King James Version’s or English Standard Version’s (and probably others’) translation of “supper.”
“Supper” to me is an everyday meal like my Nana’s. Great meals, don’t get me wrong, but ordinary, everyday, repeated.
“Feast,” on the other hand, implies something special. A meal that happens regularly, but not often. Like Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner.
Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us in heaven (John 14). And that is going to be a wonderful place, a vast place, an eternal place.
And in Revelation, it is described as including a feast. What is included in the meal isn’t important, who’s going to be there and what we will be doing is.
Jesus Christ, God the Father, the Holy Spirit, all the company of heaven, and the angels and archangels will be there forever and ever.
It will be a “forever” feast in a forever place.
This is going to be incredible, awesome, and – for the moment – unimaginable.
But it will be. Jesus promises us that.
In the meantime, we have our own feasts as well as the Sacrament of Holy Communion, that give us a foretaste of the Feast to come.
Heavenly Father, your Son invites all believers to the heavenly feast which you have provided as a foretaste of the feast-to-come here on earth. Strengthen our faith and increase our love and hope, and assure us a place at your heavenly table, where we will eat eternally and drink of your pleasure forever and ever. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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