“And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world – from east and west – and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 8:11 NLT
You have received an invitation from the King of Kings to a fantastic banquet. And best of all, it's all free of charge! Transport is laid on for you, and you won’t even need to worry about how to get there. Someone will come and collect you when it is your time to go. When you arrive, you will be given brand-new clothes made of the best pure white linen. You will receive a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands the significance of except you. Perhaps it will be placed at the table where you are to sit. You will meet the most amazing people, who are renowned from all over the world for their fame. Not only will you meet them, but you will be sitting down with them at the same meal.
Now, only a fool would refuse such an offer! This invitation is extended to ‘many Gentiles from all over the world’ and I’m guessing that includes you, the reader of this text. You might be sitting near Abraham, Isaac or Jacob. Can you imagine the questions you might want to ask? Or you might hear them recounting some fascinating story of old.
But best of all, you will be in the presence of Jesus. The One who is called the King of Kings. The Bible tells us:
“Assuredly, I say to you that He will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.” Luke 12:37b NKJV
Now, this is mind-blowing! How can it be that He who died for us on the Cross will send for us to attend the finest banquet ever, provide transport free of charge for us and will Himself serve us? And to top it all, He calls us blessed!
“Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. And if He should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.” Luke 12:37a,38 NKJV
Even if it be the twentieth watch, let us go on waiting and watching for one day we will be granted entrance into the King’s palace and participate in the most exquisite banquet of all time and eternity.