Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled.
—Luke 6:21a (NKJV)
On Christmas Day children are usually too excited about opening presents to eat very much in the morning. You, also, may not eat very much in anticipation of what you are going to be offered for your holiday meal. You have waited expectantly for that feast, and you can't wait to be filled with its riches. This is just an earthly feast. Its riches do not last. It is there at one moment filling you to overflowing and then leaving you hungry the next. You have partaken of its earthly bounty, but it has offered no lasting sustenance. Its riches have left you deflated and without purpose. You are empty once more. Like Esau, you have filled yourself with the immediate satisfaction of a rich blessing, but unlike Esau, you do not have to miss the promise of a lasting one.
Jesus' feast is like no earthly one. He has prepared His table of spiritual riches that fills the most profound void in your life. His feast isn't consumed in an instant and then gone the next. His feast is forever. It is finished and, yet, everlasting. The riches of its offering are constant. When you come hungry to Christ for the feast He has prepared for you, your emptiness is satisfied. Sometimes you come seeking help in your time of need. Sometimes you come with a deep hunger for the life-changing truths of your new life in Christ. You come believing for your healing—your provision—your deliverance. You come to receive the peace and joy that overcomes your circumstances. You come just to praise Him and bask in His glory. You come. You draw from the riches of His love. You draw from the truth of His unshakeable Kingdom of God within you. You draw from His feast that never ends.
This Christmas come humbly to His table. Feast upon His truth in your life and receive more grace. Feast upon who Christ says you are. Feast upon His presence. Feast upon His forgiveness. Feast upon the One who created you and delights in you. Feast upon the incredible gift of His life given in unconditional love. Feast upon His finished work on grace so that you might partake of all He has for you. Feast upon your Abba Father who calls you His child.
You are new in Christ. He is your way, your truth, and your life. You have right standing with God. God says, “You are my beloved son. You are my beloved daughter. Come and draw from my well of truth that never runs dry in your life. Come and feast and never hunger again.”
His feast for you came at the greatest cost of His life. Your hunger to know who you are in Christ fills you with the knowledge of your right standing with God. It is His promise for you to know and believe in the intimate relationship you have with God and to receive the inherent blessings that come with that relationship.
It is Christ’s promise for you to receive what He died to give you. Take hold of the truth of His grace. And receive it as your own.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher