I Don’t Want Dessert; I Want the Feast

“Dessert” means the stuff in our lives upon which we try to build our happiness.  Things like education, power over others, books, pornography, new phones, nice cars, sex, home improvements, time with family, hobbies, winning certain games, and the like.  It can even be literal foods – “Oh, every time I eat pepperoni pizza I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.”  Really? 

Not really.

Dessert foods are the things that taste good only when they’re in our mouths, in our hands, or before our eyes.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone.  Dessert doesn’t last long.  And if you keep eating dessert, we all know what happens – you get sick on it. 

It doesn’t truly feed you, because you weren’t made for dessert.

Jesus, on the other hand, offers a true feast, full of food that will never grow old nor dull.  It will never make us sick or hungry or tired.  He will never let His food fail us, because we were made for Him and He bought our fellowship with His blood. 

Over and over, Christ invites us to dine with Him forever at the marriage supper of the Lamb.  In parables like Matthew 22:1-14, Matthew 25:1-13, Luke 14:7-24, and the Lord’s Supper accounts (Matthew 26:26-29, for instance), Jesus assumes our desire to be with Him forever, enjoying His food and fellowship.

Some wonder what we will eat at this final, forever supper.  Christ’s statements like “I am the living water,” “I am the bread of life,” and “Take, eat, this is my body,” allude to the content of the feast – Jesus Himself.  At the same time, when He is risen Christ eats real fish with the disciples, telling us that we believers will eat real food in the resurrection, too.

In Revelation 19:5, John writes of Jesus’ real, forever feast, “And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true words of God.’ ” May the Lord Himself bless us to desire not the dessert of today, but the feast of forever.

Then let us say together, “I don’t want dessert; I want the feast.”

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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