5th March 2018

The Royal Engagement

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
Revelation 19:7 (NKJV)

Recently a royal engagement of Prince Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle, was announced and according to a Buckingham Palace Press release, the wedding is scheduled for 18 May 2018. That is great news for the UK because most of the time news is negative. Currently tough Brexit negotiations are going on, and a staggering divorce bill of about 39 billion pounds is set to come out of E.U., while further hurdles are yet to be overcome. The UK is also in a dire state with respect to morality, with noted celebrities and politicians accused of improper conduct—it seems society is crumbling fast as in the days of Lot. However, a wonderful example of the Queen and her husband, who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, is of great significance to the whole nation to which they dedicated their lives to serve.

No doubt about it, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan will be a momentous event. I had the privilege to watch on TV the pomp and the pageantry during the wedding of Prince Charles to Diana, and then of Prince William to Kate. That was absolutely enthralling.

But for Christians the royal engagement to Christ was announced long ago in God’s Word. In Old Testament times, Christ’s relationship with Israel was very intimate. He was a husband to Israel even when they broke the marriage covenant. He died and is alive and free to marry Spiritual Israel composed of all nations and tongues including the Jews. Read it in Jeremiah 3:6-14 and 31:31-34.

There are no words adequate to describe how wonderful and glorious that wedding day will be when Jesus Christ comes as the Bridegroom to meet His Bride the Church. Ephesians 5:25-27 tells us how “Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:22-27). The marriage between man and woman represents the union of Christ and the Church, which is a great mystery, but not any more (Ephesians 5:32).

Christians do not know their wedding day, but it will be glorious and etched into our memory, for every thing else will pale into insignificance. Revelation 19:9 says, “’Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true sayings of God.’”

My best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan his bride as I look ahead for their wedding day.

Prayer
Father of glory, I thank You for inviting us to the marriage of Jesus to His Bride, the Church. I look forward to the coming of our Bridegroom who is altogether lovely. In Jesus name.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

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Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
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