This week will have fewer posts due to the joyous celebration on Friday of my son Jon and Maggie’s wedding. I have taken the week off so I can assist my wife and daughter as they prepare the rehearsal dinner on Thursday. Since daughter Suzanne is passionate about cooking, she will be preparing a marvelous meal for the 60 guests at Jon and Maggie’s church in Edina. My primary task is grocery pick-up and delivery plus airport taxi.
I have been reflecting upon how the Bible use the metaphor of the wedding feast as a description of God’s kingdom. In John 2, Jesus preformed his first miracle at the wedding of Cana, turning several large barrels of water into the best wine. In Mark 2, the Pharisee’s criticize Jesus for not fasting. Jesus responded, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.” And in Revelation 19, St. John has a vision of the church prepared as the bride of Christ and an angel says, “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
I am not sure if our rehearsal dinner will be comparable to the heavenly banquet, but I am confident that our week-end celebration will be a kind of foretaste of the feast to come. And I certainly want to invite you to that most glorious wedding when the King of Heaven and Earth gathers in his bride, the church. We all have an open invitation from Jesus,
Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. (Rev. 3:20)
Doesn’t it make you hungry to feast with God?
Lord Jesus, let our joy be ever as your bride.