When I was small, I thought the 4th of July fireworks celebration was just for my birthday.
Our cousins from Wichita frequently came in, as well as the California cousins, Grandma and Poppie Swift, and our aunts and uncles from northeast Oklahoma. The reunion was usually at our house.
The meals were usually the same—fried chicken, corn on the cob, fried potatoes, cornbread and brown beans, green beans, watermelon and cantaloupe. For dessert, Mom always made blackberry cobbler for my birthday.
I always ate as much corn on the cob, watermelon, cantaloupe, and blackberry cobbler as I could hold and ate the leftovers for supper. Mom cooked the other things during the rest of the year.
What does “birthday” mean to you? A decorated 3-layer white cake with candles? A pumpkin pie? Cinnamon rolls?
I have often wondered just what will be served at the marriage supper of the Lamb, who is Jesus Christ, spoken of in Revelation 19:9NKJV, “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
The night before He was crucified, Jesus served His disciples bread and wine, so at the very least the marriage supper will include those.
Will we have manna like the Israelites ate in the wilderness? Quail, which God sent the Israelites when they complained about the manna? And milk-and-honey custard? Giant clusters of grapes like the spies brought back from the Promised Land? Olives and olive oil from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem?
Oh, and Jesus always served fish. He fed 5000 men with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, as well as cooking fish for Peter on the shore of Galilee after His resurrection. Maybe we will have some filet of crappie, the finest freshwater fish there is.
What a menu! What a party! The Swifts and Hightowers will all be together again, and so will your family. Jesus is planning the menu now and it will include all our favorites, the tables are being prepared, and we will all sit down at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
The best part will be seeing our own dear Jesus Christ face to face in all His glory.