30th April 2012

An Image Of Our Future Too

“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)

A year ago yesterday was the Royal Wedding. Looking back on all the pageantry and spectacular set pieces—the parades, the balcony scene, the fly passes, the crowd control, and so on—I think we all would have to agree, when it comes to such occasions we do them better than most.

Of the three similar events—the first marriage of Prince Charles; the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother—all three were very different, but all three were, again, very well done.

There was all the solemn pageantry at Westminster Abbey, of course, for Catherine and William, and the day ended with a number of traditional gatherings, which we can lump together under the catch-all heading of “wedding breakfast”.

I couldn’t help thinking last year as I watched some of this on and off during the day, that someday Christians will be involved with a wedding breakfast of their own. The occasion will be when Christ ‘marries’ the church. I have often speculated to myself whether it might not also be the time of the coronation of Jesus Christ as King of kings. If so, then we will be taking part in that ceremony too, as the church becomes his consort.

All of which is a daunting prospect. Prince William and Princess Catherine have a difficult, but glittering future ahead of them. For Christians, nothing less awaits them either. Indeed, we don’t really know very much about our future, other than that it will be spent with our ‘spouse’. We are told that forever we will be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

As we watch with interest their progress in life (you can’t miss it in the constant media coverage!), perhaps it will be helpful to remember that ‘There, by the grace of God, we too will walk one day.”

Most gracious Father, thinking back on all the pageantry and sense of occasion, we offer our best wishes and prayers for Catherine and William’s continued success in life through you. But we also add our own names, Holy Father, remembering our futures with your Son. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford

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