“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…”
Ephesians 2:6 NIV
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be invited to a royal banquet? Being an avid watcher of the Netflix series, The Crown and sometimes a little too interested in the day to day activities of the Windsors, I have often marveled at the opulence and glamour.
How important and distinguished you must be, to be invited for dinner with Her Royal Highness, the Queen. So here are a few things that I found out about dinner at Buckingham Palace:
There is a whole team (The office of the Marshal of the Court) that plans the seating arrangements, weeks before an official dinner. It is their work to make sure that no one is out of place. They place everyone in their official spots and according to their standing.
If you’re placed on the right hand side of the Queen, you are the most important guest at her table. When the first course is served, you will have her full attention. When the next course arrives, she will speak to the person on her left.
When the Queen has finished her meal, you need to stop eating too. I can imagine that I would be eating quickly, because that meal must be prepared by world class chefs. What a terrible disappointment if I didn’t get to the bit I saved for last before the Queen gets to hers! Fortunately, I have also heard that Her Majesty is known for leaving a bit of food to push around on her plate, making sure that everyone has enough time to finish the course. Phew!
Apparently, the guests are not the only ones served fine cuisine. The Queen’s famous Corgis are also fed on gourmet meals. Which reminds me of the Syrophoenician woman, who had that remarkable revelation that being a dog at the King’s table, was not a particularly bad position to occupy (see previous blog, “No Offence”, 23 November 2019).
As I compared the chivalry and charm of this royal dinner table to the reality of the table where I spend my days, I had a little giggle. At this dinner table, we are just happy if we’re all home at the same time to have our meals together. This table is covered in laptops, school books, all sorts of stationary and half cups of coffee that were forgotten when the washing machine shouted for attention. We’re a far way from Buckingham Palace.
But there is a royal invitation that is extended to us on a daily basis. At this table we have the prominent seat. At the right hand of the Father, with Jesus. He has prepared a feast for us, and he has even allowed our enemy to watch us eat (Psalm 23). Your place has been prepared, a very long time ago. And your presence at this dinner table is highly cherished. The Father will push his food around, just to make sure that you receive everything you need.
Did you know that it is completely unacceptable to leave the dinner table before the Queen is finished with her meal. And imagine, having the opportunity to sit next this incredible woman, would you not want to hear her thoughts on everything from world events to her well-known love for horses? Maybe you’re not all that taken with royalty like I am, but we’re not really talking about the Queen of England here, are we? We are talking about the King of kings!
How often do we say “Amen”, when we are done with the conversation? When we have said all we have to say, without waiting to hear what is on the heart of our heavenly Host.
Why does the Father invite us to come to the table?
“…in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:7 NIV
The Father wants to show off his opulence and glamour too. He wants to show off the incomparable riches of his grace. This is expressed by him expressing his kindness to us, because we belong to him. Thanks to the blood of Jesus, we are invited to the table to enjoy the incredible riches of his grace!
It is his kindness that gives us the power to express his grace to those around us. It is his kindness that equips us to walk out the plans he has for us. The plans he prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
Will you accept the invitation?
Today, I am thrilled to except the invitation to the royal banquet. I am a guest of honor at the Father’s right hand, with Jesus. I will be seated with him, and receive the incomparable riches of his grace. Thank you, Father, for expressing your kindness to me. I will feast on your faithfulness!
Today, I hear the Father say: “Wonderful Child, you have a special place reserved at my table. I can’t wait to have communion with you. I have prepared a table in the presence of your enemies. I will anoint you with oil. Your cup will overflow. Receive the riches of my grace and kindness. Let it strengthen you and equip you for the path I have set before you. Come and eat your fill. There is more than enough. Dinner is served!” ❤