One week ago – to the day – the son of my heart took the love of his life for a bride and they were married before God, family, and friends. With majestic mountains and a deep-water lake in the background, we were blessed with sunshine when the forecast threatened thunderstorms. A most gracious gift from our loving God and a beautiful memory that will stay with me. For Forever.
How sweet. How romantic. How … ALL-CONSUMING!!!
You see, preparing for a wedding is a daunting responsibility, and not for the faint of heart. To quote The Princess Bride, “Anyone who says differently is selling something.” In fact, I would be hard-pressed to think of anything more task-driven and comprehensive in nature than wedding plans.
To be honest, the focused attention to detail of a bazillion ongoing checklists have been slightly [*cough*] overwhelming. And we won’t even talk about the laughter, tears, and countless hours of lost sleep. Just being real here.
But somehow, there is nothing to be done but power through the all-consuming pursuit to get it perfect for the BIG DAY!!
Which is why I’ve gone Ghost Protocol with my writing these last few months.
Now here’s where we get to something that has been on my heart and mind, and I hope you hear me out to the end. As much as I have looked forward to my son’s special day, there is another marriage event that fills me with immeasurably more anticipation. The thought of it makes my heart soar and swell-to-bursting with wild expectation!
Let me tell you about the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Bridegroom and the Church is his Bride. As Christ-followers, we are not bound to this world and the wrath of God that will pour out in the Last Days [a subject for another time]. Rather, we are promised to be rescued and spend eternity with Jesus. When he takes us from this temporary place that we are passing through, he has something special planned called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It’s a grand celebration signifying that we have finally arrived HOME!
Revelation 19:7-9 gives us this account: “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the Marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
This is a personal invitation from me to you to be a part of this Wedding Feast … and then Eternity with Jesus, the One who died on the cross to save and redeem his Bride. That means anyone who confesses their sins and turns to follow Jesus through this life and into the one to come. It’s that easy. But not everyone will accept this offer. I know this because the Bible also gives us this account through the use of a parable [a story to teach a truth]:
In Matthew 22, it says, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner … and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm and another to his business … ”
Friends, time is short. Either you will die or Jesus will return in your lifetime. There is simply no other option. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for his Bride and until he comes for her, the offer is still open … there is time to choose Life. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose by putting your hope and trust in the loving Creator that made you. He is faithful and can be trusted to keep His Word!
Don’t you want to be at that Wedding Feast with the other saints that have gone before? These aren’t perfect people, just people saved and rescued by the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. Thankfully, as prophesied, he rose again on the Third Day, which is why I’m filled with longing and great expectation for the Big Day!
Why am I writing this? Because Jesus said, ‘Go Tell The World About Me.’
And People Must Know.