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Faith Imagined: Fast to Feast - Day 2

Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

February 22, 2010

Fast to Feast - Day 2

Matthew 22.1-2 -- "Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.'"

Jesus is mentioned several times as our Bridegroom in the Bible. We have already discussed the verse found in Mark 2.19-20 NIV: "Jesus answered, 'How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.'"

Where is our Bridegroom going? To prepare our wedding feast! What is a feast? A feast is a time of celebration. We are going to be surrounded by good friends, good food and fun times. Sounds awesome, right?

However, I believe that there are two wedding feasts that Christians can partake in. There is a wedding feast in heaven, but there is also dress-rehearsal wedding feast on earth. Our life on this earth prepares us for our life on the New Earth. God has a wedding feast planned for your life this very moment that reflects the one in heaven. The question is, "Are you feasting?"

Jesus says the following in the Lord's Prayer:

"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven" Matthew 6.9-10.

Please note the following promise: "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

God has a "kingdom come" or "wedding feast" in mind for this earth, which will emulate heaven's. I believe that God has a great feast that He has prepared for this world. And this feast will come whether the Christians partake from it or not.

What God is showing me -- which I will delve deeper into the days to come -- that Christians are not fully enjoying this "rehearsal wedding feast" on earth. There is a wedding feast planned for our honor (as God's children) filled to overflowing with blessings, and the fact that Christians are not taking their part of it will not shrink magnitude of the feast. God's kingdom will come whether we enjoy it or not!

So who receives all of the overflowing blessings if not God's children? Just look around you to a world that does not love God, but seems to be swimming in blessings (especially in America). God's blessings are being bestowed on people who are thankless and ignorant to their Maker.

I don't know about you, but I am determined to gain the blessings of God. God wants to bless us. He is the God of love, peace, joy & abundance. The universe was created by His hand. He wants to bestow good things onto His children. We just need to make it our sole purpose to know the wedding planner!

We cannot be like the foolish virgins who went out to meet the bridegroom at the wedding feast. They got lazy and fell asleep. They were shut out of the celebration (Matthew 25.1-13 NIV). They missed out on all the blessings! As Christians we are guaranteed access to the heavenly wedding feast because of faith. However, there is a feast to be had on this earth, but we must get up and attend it.

Christians are sanctified. We should be different from the world. What makes us different is the fact we have a relationship with a God that wants to spoil His children. Christians are God's children in the New Covenant! If we are sons and daughters of the King, shouldn't we live like holy royalty?

I will go deeper into the parable of the wedding feast tomorrow. Please join me!

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Blogger B His Girl said...

I have been thinking about the wedding feast as well. Anxious to read your thoughts on here and now and then and there. blessings,b

8:33 AM  
Blogger Debra@Common Ground said...

I love the thought about knowing the "wedding planner". I think so many Christians don't know that this feast is "available" to them. They don't have an "appetite" for God's Word or for His Holy Presence. They go through the motions everyday, maybe not in the place of abundant life, but they are not willing to "fast" in their life to receive what is available. God has called me to many "fasts". TV, music, food, relationships. Sometimes people just think about food. But fasting can take on many forms and they are all beneficial for experienceing God's presence in a deeper, clearer way.
This is a great study.Thank you for sharing with us.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Life Laugh Latte said...

Living a thankful life is easier for some Christians than it is for others. My "level 10" friends (as I call them) spend so much time thinking and analyzing that they often miss the quiet blessings. I can go to level 10, but live at level 5. I find it is easy for me to turn down the heaviness of the world and see how God is working in it. Together these friendships help me see God more clearly though. Capturing God's joy and delivering it to hurting people on this earth is something we should all aspire to. Thanks A. Holly:)

3:56 PM  
Blogger Bernadine said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the wedding feast and I'm looking forward to reading more.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see what God does!!!


8:44 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

This was powerful. I have ended many of my devotionals with 'Thy Kingdom come on earth (in our lives our home, this world) as it is in Heaven.

God has a wedding feast planned for your life this very moment that reflects the one in heaven.

amen amen amen

11:39 AM  

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