On Feasting

“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!  The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.  They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.  For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see.”  Psalm 36: 7-9

After Jesus died and then rose from the dead, he told his disciples, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”  (Luke 24:44-46)

I love that all of the Old Testament points to Jesus.  And I saw Jesus so plainly in Psalm 36: 7-9 this morning.  His body is the feast from the abundance of God’s house and his blood is the river of delights.  For in his body and blood are forgiveness and eternal security.  He is the fountain of life, forever gushing and flowing.  He is light.  In him and through him do we see things as they truly are.  In him we see our sin and unrighteousness, grievous offenses before a holy, perfect, and sovereign Creator, God, and King.  In him we also see the extravagant gift of grace and mercy – his substitutionary death that exchanged our deserved death with his deserved life.  He bore God’s wrath so that we might receive righteousness, sonship, and an eternal inheritance.  In Jesus we see suffering anew, knowing that it does not compare to the glory we will experience in heaven in God’s presence.  We see death rightly, as having no power over us and no sting.  Because Christ, who is our life, has conquered the grave!  In him we see the pleasures and riches of this world as they truly are – temporary, fading shadows of the true pleasures and riches to come!

Oh Jesus, thank you.  Thank you for giving your body and blood that we may feast on grace, forgiveness, and truth.  You sustain us more than physical food and drink.  Thank you for eternal, abundant life.  Thank you that you are the light in which we truly see. 

 

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