What joy does every earthling share that we will continue to enjoy in heaven? Eating!
I did a study on heaven and was shocked to find that food will be a major part of our heavenly experience. Seriously!
Jesus was astounded by a gentile centurion’s faith which prompted Him to say, “I tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 8:11. The faithful will dine with the patriarchs of Israel in the Kingdom of Heaven.
It was at the last Supper that Jesus, “…took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” – Luke 22:17-18. Jesus made it clear that He would enjoy wine again in His resurrected glorified body.
But dining is not a one-time deal. Jesus also said to His disciples, “I grant to you a kingdom, just as my Father granted to me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Luke 22:29-30. Jesus promised to reward their faithfulness by including them at His heavenly dining table.
Of course, there is also the marriage feast of the Lamb. Revelation 19:9 says, “Blessed are those who are invited to the banquet at the wedding celebration of the Lamb!”
So what will we eat?
We probably should cross off devil’s food cake. Actually, Isaiah tells us that the food will be amazing. He wrote, “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will hold a banquet for all the nations on this mountain. At this banquet there will be plenty of meat and aged wine – tender meat and choicest wine.” – Isaiah 25:6 He looks to the onset of eternity in the Millennial Kingdom. At that time God will make sure that His people have plenty of choice, tender meat and aged wine on which to sup.
Where will it come from?
Jesus transformed water into wine at Cana, so it won’t be a problem for Him to cater a heavenly banquet.
Who will prepare this food?
Jesus is familiar with cooking. After His resurrection, He met with the disciples at the Sea of Galilee and prepared a breakfast of fish for them. He said, “Come, have breakfast” – John 21:12. I assume that He ate with them as well. (I may pass on the fish for breakfast and put in an order of bacon and eggs.)
My wife thoroughly enjoys cooking. This is good because I thoroughly enjoy eating. I am pretty sure she would be delighted to help prepare meals for the Lord and His people. I am certain that meaningful work will be a part of our heavenly experience – and that would be hers.
I know it’s hard to comprehend, isn’t it? In heaven we will have glorified bodies. Like the resurrected Jesus, we will be able to pass through walls. (John 20:26) This creates a few hard to answer questions like; How does a glorified body eat and drink?
And how does a glorified body process what we eat? Will the roast ever be burned? Are there calories in heavenly food? Will we like everything on the menu? Don’t know?
Will they do Chinese and Greek foods? I assume that the Chinese and Greek believers would appreciate that. Will we need Weight Watchers in heaven? I’m pretty sure that’s a no.
But listen – what is of ultimate importance here is to understand that Jesus so loves us that He prepared a place for us – with a kitchen – so that the joys of earth become the amplified joys of heaven. He makes it possible for us to eat and drink and fellowship with Him and one another at His table forever.
A PRAYER: God I am excited to see what’s on the menu. Thank you for your kindness.
This has been Jim Johnson and pickleheavepress.com
May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Scripture passages are from the NETBible.com