11th May 2011
The Royal Wedding Of All Time
“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘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.’”
London was a sea of red, white and blue, as the world’s media took up their positions; people slept on the pavements to secure a good view; huge screens were erected in large open spaces; Westminster Abbey was bedecked with flowers, and the nation had the day off—this was the Royal Wedding! Even the most republican-minded person snuck a peek at the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton. The excitement was tangible in the city and in the media, as questions flowed about what the dress would be like, who was the designer, what would the plethora of celebrities be wearing, etc. The nation geared up for a day of celebration as history was being made. Tourists flooded in from all over the world, recognising the fact. As one who finds history fascinating, I watched the wedding with my grandchildren and probably bored them to tears informing them of who was who, and how they were placed in line to the throne. I pray that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be blessed with happiness and health. For me, this was a wedding not to be missed.
There is however a greater wedding to come—this too is a Royal Wedding of immense proportion, far outweighing the recent celebration. This too is the marriage of a Prince—The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). His bride is unique—the Church, and this marriage will be the ultimate in pomp and ceremony. The music will be superb, the setting unimaginably splendid, the clothing and jewels magnificent, the superlatives are never-ending when describing this wonderful occasion, the marriage of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. This is a marriage absolutely for keeps. The union between Christ and His Church is bound by the Holy Spirit. The love that permeates the union is perfect, and will therefore never fail. The bridegroom has proved His commitment and fidelity by already having laid down his life for his bride.
We will not be guests jostling for a view of this wondrous unification; we won’t have to worry as to whether we will be invited, or what to wear. The amazing and humbling fact is that we are the Bride of Christ, considered royal already (1 Peter 2:9). Those who love him, trust him and obey him, are indeed His bride. Those are our vows.
There is an open invitation to all. Revelation 22:17 says, “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’” There is no dowry, no wedding list from which to purchase a gift—everything has been paid for by the blood of the bridegroom, and all we have to offer our wonderful bridegroom is our willingness to follow Him. As we follow Him into eternity, we will live happily ever after. “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Revelation 19:9).
Father, we thank you for our invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb—your Son Jesus Christ. We are unworthy but your love for us enables us to sit at the table and participate in the pivotal marriage of all times. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude as we look forward to that day.
Study by Irene Wilson