Growing up, the word “feast” conjured up images of a medieval king at a long table filled with succulent meat, sweet fruits, and fragrant pies. He had a flagon of ale in one hand and a turkey leg in the other. As juices from the food and drink ran down his beard, he would wipe clean with the sleeve of his royal robe. Gathered around him were those that had sworn allegiance to him. There was laughter inspired by the court jester and music for dancing played by the minstrels. There was plenty of food and drink for everyone.
In reality, however, for some a feast may be nothing more than a cup of rice. Nearly 21,000 people—mostly children—die every day from starvation or related illness. I’ve been hungry, but I have never been truly starving, and I am ashamed to say, I take this for granted more often than not.
As we draw closer to Easter, may we remember that one day this will be but a memory. Our hope today is based on work completed nearly 2,000 years ago. Because of what Christ accomplished in his death and in his resurrection, we can look forward to a banquet where no one will go without. All will have their fill, and none will leave thirsty or hungry. May the God of heaven and earth keep us until that day, and may we remember the least of these not only in our prayers, but in our actions as well.
“They won’t hunger or thirst anymore. No sun or scorching heat will beat down on them, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:16-17)
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