So many images of our salvation! Betrothals, feasts, weddings, consummation.
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.
The last few devotions have focused on feasting and the “marriage supper” of the Lamb.
Jesus is that Lamb and he is also the bridegroom.
So, who is Jesus marrying?
The Church! That’s you and me. In the waters of Holy Baptism we were betrothed to Jesus. But the marriage isn’t consummated until Jesus comes back to take all believers to paradise forever.
Wow. So many images of our salvation! Betrothals, feasts, weddings, consummation.
All of this is Biblical imagery to help us “see” what our life is like and will be like.
Most people have experienced weddings. We tend to go through three stages of wedding experiences.
As children, we may be involved or attend a wedding of an older sibling or cousin, aunt or uncle.
As young adults – usually in our 20’s – we “stand up” at weddings or attend weddings of our peers. Then many get married themselves – standing up front at their own wedding.
Then as seasoned adults, we participate in the weddings of our children, grandchildren and others younger than us.
All of these experiences will influence how we see the imagery of the wedding analogies in Scripture. Like most things in Scripture, where we are in life tends to color how we see what God is telling us.
One of the common elements no matter what stage of life you are in is that weddings are to be joyful.
And that is the picture that is painted in Revelation 19.
Because believers, as the bride of Christ, have been given a beautiful and elegant “wedding dress.” It is our righteous deeds.
Now, that may seem a bit contradictory. According to Psalm 14 and Psalm 53 “There is no one who is good, not even one.” And St. Paul quotes these two Psalms in Romans 3:10-12.
Yet, both are true. On our own, we are not righteous. On our own we cannot do anything good in God’s eyes.
But because Jesus Christ lived the perfect life, we have his righteousness by faith!
Our bridegroom gives us our bridal “dress.” It is his own righteousness. This is called grace.
Through our faith, we are made ready for the wedding. And then we will be able to celebrate, enjoy, and live forever at the forever feast in the forever place of heaven!
Heavenly Father, you have instituted marriage in your holy Word. Your blessings upon the marriage you instituted point us to the marriage feast of the Lamb in his kingdom which has no end. Bless all Biblical marriages that they may show forth your love and grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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