Revelation 19:7-9 says, “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.”
The way we do things in America, the Father of the Bride usually pays the wedding bills. But the book of Revelation tells us about a coming Wedding Supper where the Bridegroom pays for everything. This is the wedding to end all weddings, and it’s called the WEDDING SUPPER OF THE LAMB. As the Lamb, Jesus paid the Highest Price to purchase His bride. He gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins so that we can be presented to Him as a perfect Bride.
Revelation 21:2: I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
You may not realize it, but this verse is describing you and me. The New Jerusalem symbolizes the CHURCH. As part of the Church, you will be one day be THE BRIDE.
· The Bride: Revelation 21 - The Bridegroom has given his Bride a spotless, shining white robe to wear. He has also adorned her with dazzling jewels. Revelation 21:9-25 describes in detail how beautiful the church (symbolized as the NEW Jerusalem) is in the eyes of her eternal Bridegroom.
John goes on to list 12 kinds of precious gems that adorn the Bride. Stones like sapphires, emeralds, topaz, and amethyst. And if that isn’t dazzling enough, he describes gates made of single pearls and streets of pure gold, like transparent glass.
This is the way we will look to Jesus on that day. It is hard to imagine, but you and I will be as beautiful to him as a bride walking down the aisle is to her bridegroom.
That’s the way it should be. And that’s the way it will be on that Heavenly Wedding Day when the Bridegroom is finally united with his Bride. Since we --- as the Church --- are the Bride of Christ, we might want to ask, who is this bridegroom who is willing to pledge Himself to us for all eternity?
· The Bridegroom: Revelation 22 - Who is Jesus? Revelation 22 – the last chapter of the Bible – answers that question for all time. But not everyone looks to the Bible for truth. So, people come up with all sorts of ideas about who Jesus is.
Let me tell you, all those human ideas about Jesus will mean less than NOTHING on that day when every eye will see and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. If you have any doubt about the Divine Nature of Jesus Christ, look at Revelation 22 where the Throne of God and the Throne of Jesus are one and the same. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
There is only ONE Throne. And it is the throne of God and of the Lamb.
At His First Coming, Jesus came to earth
· As the Lamb of God
· God’s beloved Son
· the offspring of the woman,
· the son of man,
· the branch
· the root of Jesse,
· the good shepherd,
· the faithful servant,
· the door,
· the vine,
· the precious cornerstone
· the living water,
· the bread of life
When we see Jesus at His Second Coming, he will be
· the King of Kings
· the Lord of Lords,
· the Lion of Judah,
· the Lamb who was Slain
· the Alpha and Omega,
· the Word of God,
· the Holy and True,
· the Almighty,
· the Amen,
· the Faithful and True Witness,
· The Ruler of God’s Creation,
· the Lord of the Harvest,
· the Bridegroom,
· the Lamb upon the Throne.
Listen to the promise from our Bridegroom: Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me. I will give to everyone according to what he has done. Revelation 22:12
As we wait for that day, the invitation is open. According to Revelation 22:17:
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
As we take the Lord’s Supper today, let’s keep in mind that this is a PREVIEW of the WEDDING SUPPER OF THE LAMB that we will finally be united with Jesus for eternity.
Matthew 26:26-29 recounts for us: While they were eating, Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and broke it; and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body. Pause and eat the bread. Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom. Pause and drink the juice.
Some Day we will drink the cup anew with Jesus in His Father’s kingdom.
PRAYER: Father, let us pray to the Lord for this bride and her groom, Jesus Christ, as we look forward to their union together for eternity. By partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we commit to always be bound together by love for one another. Amen!