Pilot and I received a wedding invitation to attend the marriage of a friend in Paris. Oh my goodness. How I wish we were able to fly to Paris and celebrate with Brian on his special day. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to. This makes me sad.
As I thought about Brian’s invitation, I thought about another wedding invitation. Fortunately, this is a wedding invitation I am able to accept.
The Bride of Christ
The Bible speaks of a wedding. The wedding of Christ and his bride, the church. It tells how Jesus laid down his life for his bride, ascended into heaven to prepare a place for her, and will return to take his bride back home with him to heaven to live with him forever.
Similar to an engagement to be married, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we enter into a covenant with him. We make a commitment to him, and he with us.
The Wedding Feast
Although I do not know what will be served at Brian’s reception, I know that whatever it is, it will be beyond grand. How do I know? Because I know Brian.
There will be a day when those who are Christ’s Bride approach him in the confidence of his love. On that day, he will take us to his home in heaven.
At that time, there will be a marriage feast unlike anything the world has ever known. How do we know? Because we know Jesus.
In Revelation John speaks of the new Jerusalem. That place prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. The dwelling place for those who claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior. (Revelation 21:2)
Isaiah speaks of God rejoicing over us the way the bridegroom rejoices over his bride. (Isaiah 62:5)
Brian extended his invitation to attend his wedding. However, it was up to us whether we would accept or not. It was our choice. Although Brian hoped we would share this special day with him, he won’t force us to attend.
God extends his invitation to all to attend the wedding of his son, the Lamb, and his Bride, the Church. It’s up to each of us to decide what we will do with that invitation. God won’t force us to accept.
When Christ’s wedding invitation is extended to us, will we decline the invitation? Or will we excitedly accept with all our heart and devotion?
The Bible also tells us we won’t know the hour or the day when God tells his son, “Go get your bride.” What the Bible does say is we need to watch and wait for that day. We need to be ready. (Matthew 24:36-44)
How should we make ourselves ready?
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Let us rejoice and be happy and give God glory, because the wedding of the Lamb has come, and the Lamb’s bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given to her to wear.” (The fine linen means the good things done by God’s holy people.) And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who have been invited to the wedding meal of the Lamb!” And the angel said, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:7-9 (NCV)
I wish you well.
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