Easter Tuesday – Isaiah 25:6-9 

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
    a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
    of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
And he will swallow up on this mountain
    the covering that is cast over all peoples,
    the veil that is spread over all nations.
    He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
    and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
    for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
    “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
    This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
    let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

My physician was not happy with my cholesterol readings several years ago when I had a blood work done. We are dealing with it. It is not that bad. But I think he might not approve of Isaiah’s image of heaven. The feast of rich food and well-aged wines may not have enough leafy green vegetables and whole grains for his comfort. Curtail the red meat and only one glass of wine, he tells me. I am not worried about it though. I think Jesus may have a better answer for the cholesterol issue than a pill or even more radical dietary restrictions.

A few years ago, on Easter Day, as we were having dinner with my brother and his family, my son was heard to say as he scooped a third helping of dessert onto his plate, “It’s too bad Jesus only rose once a year!”

Isaiah imagines heaven as a great feast. For his people who were probably often hungry, this was a powerful image. A little later he says that God wipes away all the tears. It is not just the tears of a hungry human, but those who have suffered in every way. He wipes all the tears away. He wipes away your tears. God swallows up the sheet that covers all the nations, he swallows up death. Of course, we are going to have a party that day. We can even start to have a party today for the promises of God are surer than the data of any science or the recollection of any history.

On that day we will reflect that this is the Lord. We waited for him. It was sometimes a long wait, but we waited for him. And now he has delivered on his promise. He has wiped away all our tears. This is a good day. Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

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