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In Biblical times, it was common for people to recline on cushions around a low table during meals. This practice is depicted in the life of Jesus, who partook in meals in this manner. For example, Luke 12:37 describes how Jesus reclined at the table, and John 13:23 mentions that at the Last Supper, one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to Him. Typically, the most prominent individuals were seated in the middle, with others on either side in a U-shaped arrangement. Although seats were not pre-assigned, guests were expected to know where to recline based on social customs.

During one banquet, Jesus noticed how guests chose places of honor at the table. He used this observation to teach a lesson on humility, saying, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at the place of honor” (Lk 14:8). Jesus emphasized that humility and modesty are virtues in the Kingdom of God.

Furthermore, Jesus frequently used the imagery of reclining at a banquet to describe the Kingdom of God. When healing the centurion’s servant, He stated, “I say to you, many will come from the east and the west and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 8:11). Similarly, when teaching about entering the kingdom through the narrow door, He said, “People will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God” (Lk 13:29). This reclining symbolizes the love, relaxation, joy, intimacy, and communion of the saints in God’s Kingdom.


As Christians, we are called to live humbly and faithfully, just as Jesus taught and exemplified. The imagery of reclining at a banquet in the Kingdom of God serves as a beautiful reminder of the fellowship and joy that await us. Despite the hardships and trials we face, we are encouraged to persevere, keeping our faith anchored in Christ.

Let us take to heart the lessons of humility, service, and steadfastness. By living according to Jesus’ teachings, we prepare ourselves for the eternal banquet in heaven. In moments of struggle, remember Jesus’ words of comfort and victory. Like Paul, may we strive to finish our race well, looking forward to the crown of righteousness that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

May we always seek to reflect Christ’s love and humility in our daily lives, knowing that our ultimate reward is to recline at the eternal banquet with our Savior and the saints.

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