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Preparing for the Wedding Feast

Revelation 19:7

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.

My oldest daughter blogged recently about the three weddings our family has experienced in the last 3 ½ years – check it out here.  It has been a fun – chocked filled time with family and friends as our three daughters were married.  My wife and I could tell you loads of stories about preparing for a wedding – about the service – about the reception – etc.

What I would like to talk about is walking down the aisle with my three daughters as they were getting married.  I cried all three times – thinking that they were not only growing up but starting a new season of their lives.  I thank God for the three Godly men they married and pray for their happiness in Christ and in marriage.

Marriage is used in several places in the Bible to represent the relationship between the Lamb – Christ – (the Groom) and His bride (the Church).  Heaven is seen as the wedding feast of their marriage as the bride and Groom come together for eternity.

John – in his vision – his revelation from God described the wedding scene this way.  Revelation 19:6-9 – 6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! 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.) 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.”

I can remember my wife and daughter’s running down the list of things that needed to be done to prepare for the wedding.  They were great at planning and preparing.  They supported each other and helped to serve one another for their special day.

As the church – when the Scripture says his bride has made herself ready – I believe we are called to be prepared and to draw others.  The church is not a building nor is it an individual.  The church is the Body of Christ and we prepare ourselves and others by receiving Christ as our Lord and Savior and encouraging others to do the same.  Jesus taught us this as He taught about eternity.

Matthew 25:1-13 – 1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’  7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’  9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’  10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.  11 “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’  12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”

As the Body of Christ – will you pledge with me to do whatever God calls you to do to help the Bride be prepared for the wedding feats in eternity – in the here and now?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 13, 2011 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey | , , ,

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