Dreaming of Heaven – Article 32

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Answers for the Kid in all of us, from 3-103.
A series by Amy Jo Roland on excerpts
from Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven for Kids epm.org

Will We Eat & Drink in Heaven?

Seems like Mid-October to Mid-January is the Season of Food in our culture.  From Harvest parties to New Year’s celebrations, we find reasons to top last week’s menu for 90 days in a row!  An overwhelming majority of us seem to adapt to this perpetual feast with exuberance.  Soup kitchens—to my kitchen—to the White House Kitchen, we ramp up our efforts to fill and nourish the tummies around us.

Rich soups and hot breads slathered with real butter and the jams we put up from the summer’s bounty warm us up for the big game.  Casseroles of comfort food and apple desserts abound.  October at my house is a big birthday month as well, and though it’s odd for many Iowans, we like to celebrate with sushi.

Soon, many of us will plan a spread that covers an entire table, so that we have to eat in the next room just for the space; roasters full of good things will fill the air with an aroma that is not easy to duplicate—or forget.  Our family tradition has often included a friendly (and mouth-watering) turkey competition between in-laws, a stock pot full of mashed potatoes & two kinds of gravy, sweet potatoes with perfectly browned marshmallow topping, delicious corn and macaroni casserole, green bean casserole with those crunchy little onion things on top, a mounded veggie platter, fresh hot breads and rolls with an array of flavored butters & jams, homemade pumpkin, apple and pecan pies with Mom’s honey-whipped cream and finally, cranberries—shaped like a can.  Lest that sounds ridiculously overindulgent and just plain too much, our immediate family alone, currently numbers 29 and we often have several other families join with us to polish it off over the entire weekend.

Then we put up our tree, we plan days to make sugar cookies, party mix, and candies, “Oh My!”  Soon it’s time for recitals, concerts and dances—all with “refreshments served.”  We love it—a chance to sample others’ culinary brilliance.  Every stop we make offers steaming hot chocolate or cider and a plate of goodies.  This alone seems to go on for a week, solid, followed by at least one incredible meal somewhat similar to the one I described in the last paragraph.  Then it tends to taper and abruptly stop.  That is, until we look a few weeks ahead to Super Bowl Sunday.

So, we have established that eating is generally enjoyed around here and the more the better.  From fabulous buffet to sushi buffet, we make eating a national pastime.  That brings up an interesting question about Heaven that actually concerns some deeply.  Here are some ponderings from Randy Alcorn . . .

“Many people are afraid that in Heaven there will be no need to eat or drink.  But think about this:  After his resurrection, Jesus asked his disciples for some food and ate a piece of fish in front of them. (Luke 24:41-43)  He proved that resurrected people can and do eat real food.”

“Other Bible verses say that we’ll eat at feasts with Jesus in an earthly kingdom.  Jesus said to his disciples, “I will not drink wine again until (emphasis mine) the Kingdom of God has come.”  (Luke 22:18)”

“An angel in Heaven said to John, “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9).  What do people do at any meal or feast—especially a wedding meal?  Eat, drink, talk, tell stories, celebrate, laugh, and have dessert.  Wedding feasts in the Middle East often lasted a full week.”

“After Jesus referred to the resurrection of the dead, a man at the same dinner said to him, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God” (Luke 14:15).  If the man who said this had a wrong idea about eating in Heaven, Jesus could have told him so.  But he didn’t.  In fact, he built on the man’s words to tell a story about someone who prepared a banquet and invited many guests (Luke 14:16-24).

“So will we eat and drink in Heaven?  The answer is a very clear yes!

With all of our experience and first-hand expert knowledge of wonderful food, my guess is that we haven’t seen anything yet!  Bring on the Heavenly Feast.


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rolandfs posted at 2013-12-17 Category: Heaven