Anticipate the feast

Matthew 26:27-29
"Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

This is one of the most overlooked sayings of Jesus during the last supper. We tend to think only of the cross in the past, and our sin in the present. But Jesus was thinking of His wedding banquet in the future. Even with the cross just hours away, He had joy set before Him, so He could endure that cross. And the joy He looked forward to was sitting down to eat with you, having you with Him in His Father’s house. So as we proclaim His death, we gain strength to fight sin, endure trials. And we do this seeing the final picture. Restored table fellowship between God and His sinful creatures. Restored table fellowship between believers. The recipe that looks like it’s falling apart will turn into a scrumptious feast when the master chef enters. The symphony that sounds awful right now due to the sloth and indolence of the players, will be glorious as the conductor takes the podium. And we long for that day. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.


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