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feasting is primary

September 29, 2011

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time planning the Celebrating Grace Communion Dinner. It’s going to be over the top with great food, delicious wine, good music and fancy clothes.

In other words, it’s going to be a feast.

We can think of big parties and big dinners as distractions from reality. And, truth be told, we sometimes approach them this way.

But the reality is, feasts are supposed to point us to God. God is creative and generous and shares his good gifts with us. And He is often depicted in Scripture as the One who is setting the table for the whole world to come to.

Peter Leithart puts it this way:

In the Bible, feasting is prior to, more fundamental than, fasting. ‘Eat, drink, and rejoice’ is the first word God speaks to Adam, and it is the last word Jesus speaks to His bride.

So instead of being distractions from reality, feasts are really supposed to be invasions of reality. Little points of contact in our lives with the true Feast Giver.

And God spares no expense to invite us to His table. He offered up His own Son to be crucified for us. He did this so that we, the guilty and undeserving, could come to His table freely.

The feast God invites us to is absolutely free. God has paid for everything by His grace.

So, let’s “Eat, drink and rejoice.” God is good!

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