I can remember growing up back home and the preparations that our mother would put into the big holiday meals. Our mother would cut coupons and spend ours in the grocery store looking for the right foods that she wanted to cook for her family and anyone who came over. She would make a lot of cakes and pies first and we would have to put them in other rooms until the day of eating. Sometimes we would try to sneak and get a slice of pie or cake J. Then our mother would move into preparing the other parts of the meals, vegetables, meats, and breads. You name it; she cooked it. I have never met anyone who enjoyed cooking more than our mother. When all was said and done, I think she had greater joy watching everyone enjoy the feast she had prepared.
When we became adults, our families grew because of our kids and their friends. Everyone was invited and welcome to come home with us to dinner. Because they were our family and friends our mother treated them like they were her children. She would always say, make yourself home and eat whatever you want!
Revelation 19:9 – The angel said to me, “Write: ‘How blessed are those who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb!’” Then he added, “These are God’s very words.”
As we see in this verse, there is still One Big wedding feast to come. The wedding feasts of the Lamb and His Bride the church. We also see that only those who have been invited are able to attend this wedding feast.
We have been invited to the biggest dinner ever, the marriage supper of the Lamb. Our friends were invited to dinner at our home simply because they knew us. The same is said for the marriage supper, and because we are in invited into a relationship with Jesus Christ we are invited to partake in the biggest feast ever.
The invite started with God sending His own Son (Jesus) to die for our sins on the cross (John 3:16)
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom 10:13)
If we are born again in Christ we become a New Creation (2 cor5:17)
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:10)
Because it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Phil 2:13)
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready. (Rev. 19:6-7)
As we gather for the Thanksgiving holiday, let us remember to give thanks to God for inviting us to the biggest and most important feast of all time; the marriage feast of Jesus and the Church.
If you have not accepted your invitation, it is still waiting for you:
We are told:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Rom. 10:9-10)
If not Jesus said:
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18)