30th April 2011

The Royal Wedding

“‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 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. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.’  (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) 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.’”
Revelation 19:6-9 (NIV)

As most of the nation rejoices at the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Christians are reminded of another Royal Wedding of much greater importance. Whatever the excitement and attention aroused by the wedding of the heir to the throne, it will pale into insignificance in comparison with this future event.

The verses above are talking about the momentous event that Christians are eagerly looking forward to—the return of Jesus Christ, who is the Lamb referred to in the verses above and also in John 1:29:  “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’”

Jesus will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16) and will symbolically marry his bride, the Church—all faithful Christians who, down through the history of humanity,  have sought to follow Christ.

Suddenly, for every Christian, there will be rejoicing as never before—a time when all the trials, problems and persecutions faced in this world will pale into insignificance. The future, which we do not yet see clearly, will be here. It wil be a reality, in which we shall see and experience God face to face. We will have eternal life, a life in which a day will be like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day.

The limitations of time and our physical bodies will no longer constrain us. We will live in perfect harmony with God and with each other, and enjoy our lives in a way we cannot now imagine. 1Corinthians 2:9 exclaims, “However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.’”

Whilst we rejoice at our national royal wedding and wish the prince and his bride every happiness, in the future, we look forward to another future event when the God of the entire universe is revealed to all humanity, at the return of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes, as Christians, we get too focused on the trials and troubles of today and lose the vision that should motivate and encourage us to endure to the end. In the ups and downs of our physical lives today, let’s not lose sight of the wonderful, sure hope we have for tomorrow.

Prayer
Gracious Father, let not the trials and tribulations of today blind our minds to the awesome promises we have about our future.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick 

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