Not by Bread Alone: A 31-Day series

Day thirty: Food & forever

“Then the angel said to me, ‘Write: “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”’” Revelation 19:9

We are so close to the end, friends.

The end of our 31 days chatting about food together. The end of the Scripture narrative. The end times.

Can you feel it? Do you sense the ways that God is preparing his world for his return? Romans 8:22 says that the earth groans with birth pains as it waits for the deliverance that only its creator can bring. I remember what birth pains were like. They get worse and longer and closer together, until finally the baby comes. (Or in my case, the anesthesiologist with the large epidural needle comes and you get to rest for 45 minutes before pushing your baby into the world.)

The point is that things on this planet are going to get worse before they get better. But with every pain, every disaster, every hardship, we get that much closer to the beautiful thing that all this pain is pointing to, the day when “creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).

The crazy thing about having a baby is that many of us ladies, even after we know how painful it is, will chose to do it a second time. Why? Because we know that the end result is worth it.

Jesus described it to his disciples like this: “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:21-22

Now is our time of grief.

We hurt and we wrestle. We worry over what we put into our mouths. We feel the weight of feeding our families. We live in a world full of sin, and as long as we do there will be some part of us that is affected by these issues.

But we will see Jesus one day soon.

He will invite us to the head table at his wedding feast, and we will take our place beside him as his bride. For the first time since his death, our Savior will partake in the bread & wine with his followers. We will share in the wedding supper of the lamb, the ultimate Passover sacrifice.

And no one will take away our joy.

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This post is part of a 31-day series. A list of all the other posts in this series can be found here.

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