17th November 2013

The Bride 

“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.”
Revelation 19:7 (NIV UK) 

I recently officiated at the wedding of a friend’s daughter. I’ve known this young lady for quite a while and was thrilled to be included in her special day. As I stood at the altar and watched father and daughter walking down the aisle toward us, I was momentarily overcome with emotion as I realised how beautiful the bride looked and how proud her father was as he escorted her to the groom standing beside me. I could tell the groom was filled with anticipation and excitement. He was looking forward to the culmination of several months of planning and preparation for the moment when he and his bride would become man and wife. 

It made me think of how excited Jesus must be seeing his bride—the church—being prepared by the Holy Spirit for the great wedding celebration we read about in the book of Revelation. I can only imagine the joy he is experiencing, knowing that everything he had worked toward will soon come to pass. 

Jesus shared many parables about weddings and feasts, and his first miracle was at a wedding. I believe of all the metaphors and analogies used for the fulness of God’s Kingdom, one of the most beautiful to relate to is Jesus calling the church his bride. 

The remainder of my friend’s daughter’s wedding day was full of joy for all involved. Everyone was included in the celebration of a bride and bridegroom coming together to begin a new life as one. I can’t help but reflect on the joy all will know when they realise they are included in God’s plan to bring all into relationship and oneness with his Son. 

I believe God designed marriage just so we could get a taste of what he has in store for us as we join with him—not till death do us part—but for eternity. 

Prayer
Holy Father, we too, as Christians, look forward to this time when the marriage of the Lamb is come, since his bride will include us. Help us, please, to keep this vision and focus clearly in mind as time moves on toward that day, whenever it may be. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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