Friday, April 29, 2011

The Wedding...

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you are certainly aware that story #1 in the world today is the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. I admit, while I'm not very interested in the wedding, I did watch a 1 hour show dealing with some of the preparations for the wedding and the dinner that will follow later. In so doing, I found myself thinking of another wedding and feast that is in the future for some of us;

6 "Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
   For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and be glad
   and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
   and his bride has made herself ready.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean,
   was given her to wear.'
   (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)"
 (Revelation 19:1-8)

As I was watching the preparation for the Royal wedding in London, I was taken aback by all the planning, the pageantry, the outlandish cost, the dresses, the silver, flowers, food, wine, etc. all the way down to the seating chart. It is amazing the amount of money and thought going into this wedding. Every bottle of wine being served will be decanted by a sommelier; tasted, tested and expertly poured, prior to serving. Do you know how many sommelier's there must be to serve wine for 300 people? Every glass and piece of silver must be polished, every chair set just like "so," every flower planned to open at just the right time, all the food timed to be served at the perfect temperature...

And all the time I'm wondering, "will there be an actual wedding 'ceremony' in heaven? And if so, wow, what in the world will that be like?" I mean, we are the bride, and He is the bridegroom...and the feast which we will share in is with Jesus Himself! I can't even begin to imagine what that feast will be like...

Why do I write this blog? Because I want to inspire you...because you and I do not look forward enough to what awaits us. If we did, our lives on earth would look radically different. How so? Well for those of you who are married, what was it like from the day you got engaged until the day you married? For me it was a time of anticipation, a time of preparation, a time of arrangements being made, colors, flowers picked, suits ordered, capped off by the week of rehearsal dinners, bachelor party, tea for the ladies, evenings with friends and family, all of it pointed toward and culminating in an unforgettable wedding ceremony.

Do you realize that if you are a believer, you are engaged? And every thing you do on earth is in preparation for a wedding? We are the bride of Christ. Like I said, let that sink in, and it will change you.

9 "Then the angel said to me, 'Write: "Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!"  And he added, "These are the true words of God." ' " (Revelation 19:9).

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