Eating the Lamb of God Series
And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” Matthew 26:27-29
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” Luke 22:14-16
I love these scriptures because they give us a glimpse of Heaven, the Father’s Kingdom. One tidbit Jesus gives us here about Heaven is that we will eat and drink. I don’t know if that thrills you like it does me y’all…but sign me up for heavenly food! The afterlife is not described as ghostly beings floating around in clouds playing harps. If that is your idea of heaven, then do I have some good news for you! Heaven is described as a new earth, inhabited by people in new bodies…bodies that can eat. (Read Scriptures about the new earth here, and new bodies here)
But the best part of this passage is that we will drink the cup of His sacrifice with the Lord in His Kingdom. All those times here on earth that we have “remembered” the Lamb while we drank His figurative blood will come to a glorious conclusion on the Day of the Lord. Did you notice that in the Matthew passage, Jesus did not put His lips to the cup, He did not drink. He is saving that moment for when He is with all of us. It is described in Revelation as the wedding feast. He is the groom. We, the church, are the bride.
Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:
“Praise the Lord!
For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
Let us be glad and rejoice,
and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
and his bride has prepared herself.
She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. Revelation 19:6-8
So use your imagination with me for a minute y’all….you have gathered together with all the believers after the separation of the sheep and the goats. The King now has invited you into His kingdom, by saying, “Well done good and faithful servant.” You are ushered into an immense hall, with tables ladened with a wedding feast, beautifully lit by the glory of God. You find a seat among the joyful throng and every eye is on the groom. He stands before you, before us all, and lifts His cup…ready to finally drink a toast to His bride. And in all His majesty, He looks You in the face, the Holy Spirit stirring in your body, and repeats what He said to His disciples so many years ago, “This is my blood, which confirmed the covenant between God and his people. It was poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.” Did you feel the vibration of His majestic voice when He spoke those words? And now He invites you to drink. Do you taste the wine slide down your throat as you join your groom in the beginning of life together in His Kingdom? I hope your imagination is working overtime because anything you can possibly imagine is nothing compared to the real thing. Excited shivers for everyone! Let the wedding banquet begin.
You might be interested in Part 1 and Part 2 of the Eating the Lamb of God series. Click below.
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