Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Feasting

Feasting is the central expression of celebration in Scripture and history. As God promised the messianic future in the book of Isaiah, He promises that He will “wipe away tears from all faces” (Isa. 25:8; Rev. 21:4). His picture of redemption is not the serene scene of floating on clouds, but of extravagant feasting. Isaiah 25:6, “And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.” Feasting is a means of giving thanks to God for His blessingsa sort of wallowing in His blessingsthe blessing of marriage, the blessing birth, the blessing of graduation, the blessing of harvest, etc.—all should be occasions of feasting.

Well, you might say, you make it sound like we ought to be feasting all the time. In one sense, we should: Proverbs 15:15, “All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” In another sense, feasting is reserved for special occasions, we just need to have more special occasions, or at least learn how to make those occasions more special. It’s always to be done with thankfulness to the Lord, just as we always give thanks for our food before we eat. 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” We should have a good time to the glory of God!

God tells us that celebration is central to pleasing Him; it is central to leading a good life. We have forgotten that celebration isn’t just an option; it’s a call to full Christian living. (Deut. 6:5; Mk. 12:30). We are to show our love for God not just with one portion of our being, the spiritual aspect; we are to love God with our whole body, heart and strength and legs and lips. “Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful” (Rom. 1:25). Yet by grace, God’s redemption and creation ought to keep us in a perpetual state of thanks which bursts out in celebration at every opportunity. Easter is just one more occasion to celebrate the victory of the gospel over the world!

1 comment:

  1. At first I thought dealing with diabetes would make feasting impossible. But celebration takes place in the thanks and fellowship of a Christian meal. It is not calories that really satisfy.

    Grace and peace