|Jesus is the light of life|
On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine-the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. In that day they will say, ‘surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him. Let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation’ (Isaiah 25: 6-9).
True or False? God takes all the fun out of life.
Do you believe that? Some people do. They think that God (or religion or Christianity) exists to deprive people of pleasure by restricting human behavior with “you shalls” and “you shall nots”.
God does not take the fun out of life. God puts the fun in life. Jesus said; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10).
Satan takes the fun out of life. Satan takes true fun from us. He tempts us with sinful pleasure instead of godly pleasure. Have you fallen for his lies? He baits the trap with tasty morsels of greed, lust, indulgence or unfaithfulness. These sins leave a bitter taste in our mouths – a taste of regret and remorse. His poisoned plate makes us sick.
God does not take the fun out of life. He makes life a celebration of his grace. He invites us to his healthy, joyful dinner. Join him on the mountain for his feast of rich food and aged wine. By this imagery the prophet Isaiah depicts a blessed meeting place for God and his people. God welcomes his people to a mountain retreat where he surrounds them with his love and provides a feast of his blessings. His people respond with trust and praise.
The host of this feast is Jesus, the risen Savior of the world. With his sacrifice for the sins of all he destroyed the shroud that enfolded all people. By rising from the dead he swallowed up death forever. Best of all, this feast never ends. It lasts through eternity.
You want to have fun? Join the LORD Almighty at his feast. He serves you richly with the gospel of salvation through Jesus. Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.
Pastor Dennis Himm
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Grand Blanc, MI.