Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb! (Revelation 19:9a)
An invitation to a banquet is an exciting prospect and we anticipate it with much expectation. We begin thinking of the clothes we will wear; the delicious food we will have put before us; and the special guests we will see and hear.
The outfit we will select to wear will have to be special—perhaps we’ll even find this an excuse to buy a new dress. But when we go to the heavenly banquet prepared for us we will have new clothing presented to us…fine linen, bright and pure…(Revelation 19:8) and it will be a gift from our Savior. We will be clothed in spotless white robes because Christ has washed them clean with His blood. His act of redemption completely forgives all of our sins and makes us worthy to come into God’s presence.
The food we eat at a banquet is specially selected and prepared. From the first course to the delectable dessert we enjoy every bite. Christians sometimes disagree about whether we will eat real food in heaven, but we know Adam and Eve, in their perfect state, ate food in the Garden of Eden, and Jesus ate fish with his disciples in his resurrected body. Also, Jesus said to His disciples, And I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom…(Luke 22:29–30a) And Isaiah states,… a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined (Isaiah 25:6).
Banquets often are prepared to honor special people and their accomplishments. We come to a banquet eager to see and hear the selected guest. Sometimes at an earthly banquet the guest isn’t so special or perhaps we don’t think the honor is deserved. But in heaven we know that we will be in the very presence of Almighty God Himself! We will see Jesus, our beautiful Savior, face to face! What an awesome experience it will be to join the saints as they worship God saying, Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen (Revelation 7:12).
Heavenly Father, when the cares of this world cause discouragement, help me to look toward the heavenly banquet You have prepared for me. Amen.
All Scripture references are from the ESV.
Written by Ladell McWhirter, Kingsport, TN
Published by Lutheran Women’s Missionary League 2013