Matt. 22:2-3 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.
Christianity was described by Jesus as a great wedding feast. Actually, there will be an eternal wedding feast called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb that will begin when Christ returns for His bride. A marriage feast describes the joyful nature which characterizes the life we have received in Christ. Actually, our life only began as we received Christ into our lives. In that moment we began to taste the joy of heaven. As we fellowship with Him through reading the Bible and spending time in worship we enjoy this life that Christ has given to us. He is our joy and drinking His life daily fills us again and again with the joy which we will enjoy for eternity in heaven. Jonathan Edwards often spoke of the Christian life as a joyful feast, here is an example from his teaching on communion.
“This feast is an eternal feast. You ben’t invited to feast daintily for once, and then [return] to your old beggarly famished condition you were in before; but this royal provision is to be your perpetual entertainment. You may live upon such food forever and ever. You shall enter into the house of God, and you shall go no more out. You have been hungry and thirsty in times past, but if you come to this gospel feast you shall hunger nor thirst no more. Revelation 7:16, “They shall hunger no more, nor thirst any more.” John 6:35, “He that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” At God’s right hand there are pleasures forevermore. There you may always eat and drink, and always be satisfied and yet never be glutted. You may eat and drink abundantly and never be in danger of excesses.”
What a powerful, shocking statement, “you may eat and drink abundantly and never be in danger of excesses”. There are obviously excesses in the pursuit of earthly pleasures. There are painful consequences in the excesses of eating food, consumption of alcohol, sex outside of marriage; each excess has a painful recompense associated with it. In Christ, we are not only able to pursue joy aggressively, we are encouraged to pursue joy in Christ with all of our effort. Joy is our portion, joy is one evidence of the reality of Christ in our soul.