â€œThou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.â€ (Mark 12:30-31)
The hymn â€œBrethren, We Have Met to Worshipâ€ is summarized in the moving lines of its final verse.
Let us love our God supremely,
Let us love each other, too;
Let us love and pray for sinners,
Till our God makes all things new.
Then Heâ€™ll call us home to heaven,
At His table weâ€™ll sit down;
Christ will gird Himself, and serve us
With sweet manna all around.
The Christianâ€™s blessings include daily â€œmannaâ€ (provision and blessing) from God and the promise of life with Christ throughout eternity. Our union with Him is compared to a marriage, commencing with a sumptuous wedding feast: â€œLet us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saintsâ€ (Revelation 19:7-8). â€œHenceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearingâ€ (2 Timothy 4:8).
When He comes and claims His brideâ€”the ones for whom He sacrificed His precious bloodâ€”He will usher us all into His banquet room. Then â€œhe shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve themâ€ (Luke 12:37). JDM