You may have had a fantastic wedding ceremony, you may still be waiting for one or wish you had one. Well, don’t despair. The ultimate wedding is coming your way, but there are a few preparations you must make prior to the ceremony.
Today is the day after my daughter’s wedding and though I thought my brain would move on to other things, I can’t help but contemplate the deeper meaning earthly weddings have to our final wedding day, where we eat the wedding supper with Jesus Himself.
As the mother of the bride I wanted the “wedding supper” to be good, healthy food with a mixture of things I know young people like as well. It wasn’t a traditional supper in the sense of a big, sit-down catered meal. It was more of a party to have a time for Nigel and Jenny to share their special day with their friends.
The wedding supper we are going to eventually is described as a feast1 to celebrate the Lamb, Jesus, the king of Kings. However, it is an earth-shattering event more than a meal. Never once in scripture does it mention what those present will eat.
It only talks about the Bridegroom, the Lamb, and the bride, God’s holy people. The groom is pictured as a rider on a white horse. “His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on Him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.”2
Can you picture this wedding party assembling? The groomsmen all in white riding on white horses and of course, the Bridegroom resplendent in attire riding on a huge white horse. Just the thought of that alone is enough to make me fall down and worship.
If that was not enough, the description continues to describe not only how He looks, but who He is as the righteous Judge of all.
”From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.”3
As in all weddings there is also a description of the bride, the one who has prepared herself for the bridegroom. She is usually dressed in a gorgeous dress with fine accessories to bring out her natural beauty. The description of Christ’s bride though is simple.
“The time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and His bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure, white linen to wear. For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.” 4
The bride supposed to be the center of a wedding, the one everyone looks at. The groom is usually just the guy standing up there with her. All eyes are on the bride. However, this bride has prepared herself in linen, the finest and purest linen, but not silk or pearls or jewelry. No, simply linen.
The linen, however, is of utmost importance in this wedding. The pure white, shining linen represents the divine nature of God. Those who have put on that nature are clothed in truth and righteousness.
What the bride is wearing to this wedding would be the most beautiful thing in the world to this Groom because it represents the fact that she has become one with the Master.
In reality all it takes for her to be united to Him is to seek His face continually.5 All she wants is to be like Him, completely.
And He takes her to a home that is beyond beautiful and in that place, those who live there, do not have to seek His face because they SEE His face.6
The most striking of everything about this wedding, however, is what the Bridegroom does for the bride on her wedding night. She has already been clothed in His righteousness, but as the adorning touch, He says, “Look, I’m making everything new. It is finished. I am the Beginning and the End. To those who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the river of life.”7
But it gets even better. Because He declares if we press in to Him and are victorious in our battle on earth, our journey here, we will inherit all the blessings found in the New Heaven. And He will be our God and we will be His.8
The beauty of this wedding is total connectedness. Here on earth we see only a shadow of what real marriage, real connectedness, real relationship is all about. When we are welcomed to our final wedding, then we will know completely.
Until then, hold your loved ones tighter and love them more deeply. Realize God has given them to us to remind us that one day soon, we will see Him descending in the clouds. At that point our ultimate wedding day will have arrived.9 One warning, however, do not make it a separation instead of a wedding.
Jesus says, “Behold, I come quickly.”10
1 Revelation 19:9 NLT
2 Revelation 19:12-14 NLT
3 Revelation 19: 15-16 NLT
4 Revelation 19: 7-8 NLT
5 1 Chronicles 16:11, Psalm 105:4, Psalm 27:8, Proverbs 7:15, 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
6 Rev. 22: 4 NLT
7 Rev. 21:5-6 NLT
8 Rev. 21:3, 7 NLT
9 Matthew 24:30-31 NKJV
10 Rev. 22:12 NKJV
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