“The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; a banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine” (Isaiah 25:6).

Stories and parables, along with figures of speech such as hyperbole, irony, metaphor, simile, paradox, personification, understatement, euphemism, and analogy, were utilized by Jesus to proclaim essentially one message — the Kingdom of God has come. That the Kingdom of God has come carries implications for both here and the hereafter; it is both now and not yet. The message of Christ’s birth is an invitation to step into the vastness of God’s full and final plan; to embrace a perspective that lives beyond the momentary dramas and disappointments of the present condition. We need not dwell in a peasant pantry when a rich banquet is set before us.

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