Jn.6:35 – Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; the one who comes to Me will not be hungry, and the one who believes in Me will never be thirsty.”
If we are not careful we can miss the spiritual blessings all around us because we become fixated on the problems in this present world. This feast described by Jesus reminds me of a Christmas feast Parris and I enjoyed while spending Christmas in Coos Bay, Oregon. We had volunteered to watch the camp during Christmas holidays while our team returned home. You have to catch this picture, we were living way out in the woods in a remote logging area in tents over Christmas. Of course it snowed, it snowed a lot. Parris and I actually went to town (2 hours away) on Christmas Day to eat at a buffet called the King’s Table. It wasn’t fancy, but for us tree-planters it was a heavenly feast. To me this reminds us of our present life in this age. We are surrounded by mess, but can live our lives seated and feasting in heavenly places. We feasted that day at the King’s Table- what a fitting name for a Christmas gospel feast. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes this heavenly feast:
“This feast is an eternal feast. You’ve been 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 believes 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.”
Many think of this heavenly feast as a future event; that is unfortunate. This is our everyday feast that we can enjoy now regardless of the drama that surrounds us. Not only is heaven in front of us….. We are tasting it now in this life.