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Flaming Sword Communications Group
“a practical approach to faith”
“I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”
This week’s THEOLOGICAL FOCUS is on PIZZA
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. This guy has gone nuts. A theological focus on pizza?!?!? For real?
Please bear with me.
As I love to share when I’m speaking with groups, I think the vast majority of Christians think of God in very small, humanistic terms. Unfortunately, folks try to throw a lasso up to heaven and drag God down to our level. This is very much a type of anthropomorphic fallacy and it makes absolutely no sense. To ascribe human limits to an almighty God is tantamount to making Him purely human. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t waste my time worshiping a god who wasn’t much bigger than me. I’d rather just focus on myself.
Fortunately, we worship an enormous God. Jesus Christ is one who has at once a fully divine and fully human nature. While this is admittedly a difficult concept to reconcile with human logic, it makes total sense from God’s perspective. So what does that mean to us? As I examine the spiritual landscape without the hindrance of human paradigms, it appears to me that our eternal life in heaven and the new earth will be a fascinating mix of awe inspiring qualities we can’t quite imagine, combined with some very familiar qualities of currently being human on a fallen earth. Our lives now are a mix of wonderful and tragic. In heaven, tragic goes away forever and pure joy takes over. This has some rather exciting ramifications—if you really think about it.
For example, take a look at the passage above. Feasting beyond our life on earth is absolutely certain. When I hear the word “feast,” I think of a celebration. “Meals” are something we do to survive. “Feasts” are something we enjoy for the blessings of food and fellowship. As far as I can tell, feasting in the eternal state is definitely on the agenda.
So what does that mean for us? It means that our loved ones who have passed on before us are feasting with Jesus Christ right now—at this very moment. Can you imagine something as cool as enjoying some grub with Abraham and asking him questions about his life serving God? What about Moses? I’d sure like to pick his brain about what it was like to receive the ten commandments. There are actually numerous figures throughout history who I’d love to visit with, chief among them is our savior Jesus Christ. I so much look forward to visiting with the only One who was here throughout every single iota of history. That is something wonderful to anticipate, for sure.
Which brings me back to feasting. Let’s face it. This is a scientific fact (?). Pizza is the most incredible food in the history of the planet. Pizza on Friday nights is something I simply cannot picture being left out of life in heaven and/or the new earth. Pizza is one of those incredible things in life which transcends imagination (just like coffee – I’ll get to that in a later article).
So let me ask you this. Are you thinking of God’s redemption in merely human terms? Are you of the mindset that our lives in eternity will be somehow not human at all? Do you think we won’t have our hearts explode with joy at the removal of all bad things (sin) and the amplification of all good things (Jesus)? If so, please take a look at the video below. A five foot (or so) pizza is an amazing thing. But with God, all things are possible. Sooooo … is it possible to have an even bigger delicious pizza with Solomon and David in the kingdom of heaven?
I’m counting on it.
Have a great week!