Two years ago, as I was working as a summer associate in New York and London, I enjoyed fantastic food at some of the top restaurants in the world – Per Se, Jean Georges, Daniel, Le Bernardin, Sushi Yasuda, Maze, Gordon Ramsay etc. Thus, I compare the gospel feast in Isaiah 55 with these world-renowned meals, according to Zagat’s four criteria.
Similar to the food served in internationally acclaimed restaurants, the gospel feast is not merely meant to satisfy hunger. From its visual presentation to physical taste, it’s meant to be enjoyed and savored as “the richest of fare” [Isaiah 55:2 NIV]. At the gospel feast, water is served for life, milk is served for growth, and wine is served for joy. This food satisfies the eternal soul, not just the taste buds: “hear me, that your soul may live” .
Although the décor in top restaurants lends itself to pretention, the décor at the gospel feast welcomes all. There are only two types of people and both are invited. First, the poor – those who are aware of their need for the gospel – are invited: “Come, all you who are thirsty … Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost” . Second, the wealthy – those who are not aware – are invited: “Why spend money on what is not bread … ?” .
Unlike the small meals served at top restaurants, however, the gospel feast is abundant. Even in spite of invitee failure, the Lord is abundantly generous: “Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” .
Although top restaurants are expensive, the gospel feast – subject to two caveats – is free. First, although free to us, it wasn’t cheap to Jesus – His life bought our meal . Second, although it is free on delivery, we must receive it by coming, listening, seeking or calling . Yet, what could be simpler? He has done all the work; we need merely to RSVP. Yet, since Isaiah hints that the invitation has an expiration date, our RSVP must be timely: “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near” .
If you haven’t RSVP’d, why not? Do you think the food is lacking or the décor is awkward or the service is below par or the cost is too high?
 Isaiah 55:3 NIV |  Isaiah 55:1 NIV |  Isaiah 55:2 NIV |  Isaiah 55:7 NIV |  see Isaiah 53 |  Isaiah 55:1,2,6 |  Isaiah 55:6 NIV