Family Table in the Kingdom of God | Community
The family table is where we gather to eat dinner and discuss how things have gone during the day.
While sharing food and enjoying conversation, we also affirm our relationships with our loved ones. The simple blessing of the family table is a joy and a comfort for each one of us.
Heaven is compared to the family of God gathered around the banquet table. Jesus said, in Luke 13, “And people shall come from the east and from the west, and from the north and from the south, and shall recline in the kingdom of God.”
This is part of the Gospel lesson this weekend for the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
The Lord desires to bring people from all nations into the kingdom of God. The one gospel language is now being proclaimed to all on earth, in all the languages of the world.
Jesus Christ crucified, risen, ascended and returning is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Clothed in the robe of his righteousness, we are saved by grace through faith in his name. We eat at the Lord’s Table of Holy Communion every Sunday. It’s a taste of the party to come.
Jesus walked through towns and villages, teaching and traveling to Jerusalem.
Someone said to him, “Lord, will the saved be few? and he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
If we are invited to a family dinner at someone’s house, we normally enter through the front door.
We are welcomed and welcomed as guests. Complete strangers are not allowed to force their way into a house if they have not been invited.
Then Jesus also said, “After the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us ‘, then he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.'” If we are strangers to Jesus here on earth, he will be a stranger to us on the last day.
This is what Jesus means when he says. “Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, “I tell you, I don’t know where you come from. Get away from me, all you workers of evil! In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets of the kingdom of God whom you have not cast out.
He said, “Behold, some are last that will be first, and some are first that will be last.” God’s way is through repentance, faith and humility.
Jesus said in John 10, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved and will come in and out and find pasture. Jesus himself is the narrow gate of heaven.
The last book of the Bible (in Revelation 2, 3 and 22) gives us a picture of what the family table in heaven will be like:
“To him who overcomes, I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, I will eat with him, and he with me.
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ and let him who hears say: ‘Come’. and let him who is thirsty come; let him who desires take the priceless water of life.
How joyful it will be to dwell at the heavenly family table in the eternal kingdom of God.