The Great Banquet (or the greatest party…ever!)

Posted: February 22, 2016 in TLCC
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What was the best food you ever tasted?

Looking back at the food photos I’ve taken for the past few months, I would go hungry.

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There’s that pochero in Mabolo, right beside Barbix. It cost 100 pesos and it’s good!

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There’s the Taco party we did have inspired by Meximama (still in Mabolo) and we had a great time eating.

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There was also a time when Backyard Burger (from Davao City) visited Cebu and the burger could give the locals a scare in their revenues.

You hungry yet?

A lot of good food here and looking at Scriptures, we find that Jesus is going to throw a party. Everyone is invited to this party but not everybody shows up. Many of the invited guests will miss the opportunity because they have priorities higher than responding to the host’s current offer. This means that the invitation went to someone else, who responded. The party isn’t going to be delayed!

This party has a dress code.

 

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taken from: femarea.com

Ever wonder why in weddings, the bride wears white? Why not red? Or black? Or blue? Or gold?

The bride wears white because of Queen Victoria in 1840, who wore a white gown to her wedding. Prior to that, people wore blue. White was expensive, and it was hard to keep it clean. White gowns were rare and confined to the wealthy.

Sciptures, on the other hand, gives us a dress code on the marriage feast of the lamb. We find that in Revelations 19:8…

Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure —
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

While it did not specifically say “white”, it says the dress code of the bride is a fine linen, bright and pure, which represents the righteous deeds of the saints. We see that the clothes came from God, not from the bride (which is the church). God is the one who purified the church, and therefore, makes us righteous.

This party also has a great menu.

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taken from: innattheoldesilkmill.com

Christians are more known for what they shouldn’t do instead of what they should do. One of the things we ought to be doing is celebrating life. When we check on what’s the menu in the great banquet in heaven, we will find that there would be eating and drinking in heaven. How so? Look at Isaiah 25:6.

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.

A feast of rich food. A feast of wine. Heaven is a place of good food, in which God himself is the one who prepared the table. This beats buffet anytime. So for those people who say they don’t want to go to heaven because there is no beer, I’m sorry for them. God has prepared a lot of food and wine so why choose beer? The point is, God is the one who prepares the feast.

This party also has entertainment.

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taken from: weddingmusicbanditaly.com

We could think of bands who would be playing in weddings. We can think of Gary V, or Chris Tomlin, while some of us would think of a complete ensemble of the orchestra. In heaven, while there are angels, you would be surprised who would start the entertainment. It is God himself.

The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

God himself will be singing. It isn’t the kind of shy singing because it will be loud. His song will be of rejoicing, and it will be comforting to hear Him sing of how much He loves us.

This party has a guest list.

 

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taken from: etsy.com

God has invited a lot of people but those whom he invited were a no-show. Reading through the parable of Luke 14, we will read…

But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.

And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited,
‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’

And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’

And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ (Luke 14:16-20)

Each guest that was invited had a lame excuse not to go to the banquet. While we saw how awesome this feast is going to be, we find that people have lame excuses on why they wouldn’t be going. Seriously? God is the one who gave the clothes, who prepared the food, who will welcome us by singing, and yet people find the gall to say “I’m not going there?”

Since the guests were a no-show, God does something really different. God calls the unwanted into His party.

So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’

And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’

And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.

For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”

(Luke 14:21-24)

God calls people into His party. He allows the unwelcome to party with Him. He makes the unloveable get inside His halls and indulged with Him. This is totally a kingdom perspective.

So what can we learn from this?

#1 Throw a party. Christian parties nowadays seem boring. Why don’t we start practicing for the Kingdom of God. Let us look for reasons to celebrate. Someone passed an exam? Throw a party. Someone is celebrating her birthday? Throw a party. We just finished a series in our small group, we threw a party! Whatever reason we see, we can throw a party and learn how to celebrate. This is just a glimpse of what we will be doing in heaven.

#2 Be generous. Throwing a party is showing generosity. That is why whenever we do discipleship, I would encourage those who are discipling to take the lead in spending for the one we are discipling. It’s a kingdom principle. Money is temporary. It isn’t going to last. Invest it in things that count. Souls count. Spend for eternity.

#3 Invite old friends, strangers, people in need. Jesus said in Luke 14:13-15…

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

Be Christ-like. Invite the unwelcomed. Instead of inviting people who are in church already, invite those who are most likely not to show up. Open up your homes. Open up your church. Open up yourselves to inviting people into the kingdom.

My concern is this. Are you included in the guest list? We may be so preoccupied in bringing in people into the kingdom but forget to be there. This is my prayer to see you in that feast.

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