Jesus said, "When you’re celebrating a wedding, you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!" Mark 2:19-20 (TM)
When my wife, Wendy, and I were married, we wanted it to be a huge celebration. No pulling in the belt. No skimping. Our desire was for everyone to have a great time. So it was, we chose New Year’s Eve as our wedding night. Do you recall watching people in television shows and movies going to these big New Year’s Eve galas all dressed up in their formal attire and dancing the night away? But, how many people have ever actually been to a party like that? That’s the kind of celebration we wanted.
We rented a gorgeous, two-story ballroom in the heart of the city. We sent out invitations telling our guests to dress to the nines. The ceremony was held at eight o’clock and by 8:45 the caterers were putting out a decadent spread of food and pouring generous portions of wine. By 9:15 the dancing had begun and didn’t abate until before twelve o’clock. At midnight, we all gathered to countdown the seconds to the New Year, pull our party poppers, and throw streamers in the air. Then we prayed and thanked God for the celebration, asked His blessing on the new year, and his blessing on the new stage of our lives.
What a great metaphor for Jesus to use in response to his critics. The Son of God had come. The blind were receiving sight. The lame were walking. The dead were being raised. Salvation was nigh. It was not time to fast and mourn. It was time to party. It wasn’t just a new year dawning, it was a whole new Kingdom age of grace and salvation!