What is the Kingdom of God? It’s many things but, one of the most important aspects is Romans 14:17 ~ “17For the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
The Kingdom of God is not about the physical things, it’s about a spiritual reality. (Compare the old versus the New in Hebrews 12:18-24)
Yet, when Jesus gave his last and most emphatic warning to the Religious Jews of that generation, Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a feast ~ Matthew 22:“1Once again, Jesus spoke to them in parables: 2“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.”
Because parables, prophecies, dreams and visions are very symbolic. Jesus wanted to make a point to those who were previously invited to the Kingdom of God (Israel/Matt.22:3,4) but, rejected it! (V.5,6) “5But they paid no attention and went away, one to his field, and another to his business. 6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.”
Matthew 21-24 was one huge prophetic warning about those Jews (at that time) rejecting and murdering God’s messengers, which Jesus knew was his immediate future. However, theirs was worse.
7The king was enraged. He sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city.
In the next 2 chapters, Jesus went into great detail about that impending desolation but, let’s go back to the “Wedding banquet”.
WHAT WILL WE EAT?
Remember that the Kingdom of God is not about food! It’s righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)
However, the Kingdom of God is like a King preparing his banqueting table…in the presence of our enemies ~ Psalm 23:5
Consider the end of “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”, which started with the Jesus the High Priest (Rev.1:13) and the same Jesus as the Lamb of God being pictured in the Heavenly Temple. After the Lamb ascended to the Mercy Seat/Throne, he was seen bringing back the Father’s Name (The Name above every Name) and those with him had it too ~ Rev.14:1
The sad truth about “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” is that more “teachers” throughout Church history have been obsessed with the destruction symbolized rather than what The Lamb was doing. That’s why they have missed the clear and profound Jewish Temple symbolism that fills this amazing book! Specifically the fulfillment of the Last 3 “Feasts of Israel”, the “Feast of trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles.”
This was the Lamb receiving the New Covenant, which HE inherited because of his obedience to God. The “Temple in Heaven” was finally opened forever as the High Priest Jesus returned with God’s perfect Covenant, just like the OT Priests symbolized back in the days of Moses and David.
In the OT, the Covenants of God were initiated with a Covenant meal being prepared (Noah/Genesis 8, Abraham/ Gen.15) and Jesus did the same thing immediately before the Cross. (John 13) The OT types, which pre-figured Christ were finally completely fulfilled in the Offering of God’s Lamb on the Cross.
For generations, every Jew brought their own spotless lamb in an attempt to appease the “wrath of God”. In the New Testament, God gave us his Lamb in an attempt to please the wrath of man.
God wants us to realize that he is not angry with us. The Lamb was his demonstration of His great love for us and no one took Jesus’ life from him, He laid it down willingly.
It’s because Jesus died that God could now give mankind “God’s last will and testament”. The New Covenant was introduced at the “Last Passover Supper” but only prophesied as coming or “at hand” by Jesus and John the Baptist up to that point.
The Real Supper was just getting started!
7Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9And he saith to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
We are the Wife. We are not waiting to get married to Christ, we have already been married to him and are invited to experience the intimacy of our union with him now! We don’t adorn ourselves with works of righteousness, those are filthy rags! God has given us his righteousness, it’s a free gift to receive by faith! Jesus is our righteousness! All who are in Christ are a New creation and now have become the righteousness of God in him!
Put on the New man, which was created in righteousness, holiness and truth!
Whoever hungers and thirst for righteousness will be filled! Filled with what? Filled with Jesus, our righteousness.
FEAST ON JESUS ~
Too many Christians have tasted Jesus as their Savior and been satisfied with the mere appetizer. If you haven’t tasted Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord is your righteousness) and Jehovah Makkadish (the Lord is your Holiness), feed on 1 Cor.1:30
Taste and see the Lord is good!
It’s only by wearing Jesus as the Robe of righteousness, that you can always eat at the Feast of the Lamb! Interestingly, this banquet is not called “The marriage supper for the Lamb” or “with the Lamb” but “of the Lamb.”
Because the Lamb is the bread of life which came down from God and gives life to the world! Jesus said to those Jews ~ “Whoever does not eat my body and drink my blood will have no life in themselves!” Because “My body is truly food and my blood is truly drink!” (John 6)
However, after thousands of people were offended and left at the symbolism of his message; he clarified to the remaining 12 disciples ~ “The flesh profits nothing, but my words are spirit and life”. (John 6:63)
So, don’t worry. The Kingdom of God is still not about food or drink. It’s not about literally eating the Lamb of God and we surely aren’t going to be sitting around a huge table eating a meal with Jesus, all dressed in wedding gowns.
We can partake of the Lamb every moment of every day by knowing the Truth of His Gospel and freely having relationship with him!
HOW DO WE FEAST?
Ok, I know this is all probably a bit of a stretch for some people, it was for me too. It’s a process. I am in one myself and always will be. Be free to be a kid! We are just little children learning about how awesome the Almighty God of the Universes who lives in us is! If we ever lose our child-like wonder, hope and faith…we have probably stopped growing.
It’s all about God. Jesus is God. Jesus, The Father and the Holy Spirit are all identical in nature. Whatever we perceive about Jesus is true about the Father and the Holy Spirit because Jesus said ~”If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.”
What is the Holy Spirit revealing to you about the Word, Jesus? What aspects of His nature is he highlighting? What area of your life has been attacked by the enemy that God probably wants to restore? God has something like 1,000 names/characteristics in the Bible. Seek him out in the book and get to know that attribute of Him!
Maybe there is just an area that you, personally desire to know more about him. You are sitting at a table of abundance, take your pick from whatever looks satisfying and consume him! He is all good, everything he does is good!
It comes down to knowing him. Knowing God is everlasting life, according to Jesus in John 17:3. He wants us to intimately know him now and this is everlasting life now! He has already given us all of himself but, we need to have relationship with him to experience all that he is. No one intimately knows the depths of God’s nature when they give their life to him. They have begun to know him and may know him as Savior but, the feast of knowing the fullness of who God is has just begun…never stop feasting!