READ : Revelation 19:1-21
As a minister, I’ve performed many weddings. They are special times. Anticipation and preparation lead up to the ceremony, a time of great joy and celebration. I feel privileged to be part of such an important event in people’s lives. This chapter pictures a very special “wedding” that of the Lamb!
The Bridegroom, of course, is Jesus. He is the “Lamb” who was slain, purchasing people with His blood. He has opened the “seals,” ushering in His kingdom. He is “King of kings and Lord of lords”!
The bride? She is the “church,” the “woman” of chapter 12, the 144,000 sealed with God’s seal, the great multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, every saint from every place and every age, the “body of Christ”! The kingdom of the beast has fallen (ch. 18); the wedding is about to begin.
In every wedding I’ve performed, the bride has made herself “ready.” Her dress, hair, make-up, nails everything had to be “just so.” This bride is ready, too. She has adorned herself with deeds of righteousness, and has kept herself pure from the defilements of the world. She is beautiful!
“Blessed are those invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb,” the angel declares. Indeed, there is no greater privilege! All those who have trusted in Jesus will attend! Will you be there?
O Holy Lamb, we long for our “wedding day.” Give us grace to make ourselves ready for the day of Your appearing. Amen.