The Ultimate Royal Wedding
I was one of the three billion viewers yesterday who tuned in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan wed at their royal wedding televised around the world. What is it about weddings? What is it about a royal wedding, in particular?
I can’t help but wonder if deep in the hearts of each one of us, God has planted a longing for the ultimate royal wedding.
Ever since the garden of Eden, God has been calling to each of us, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9) Just as each of the guests yesterday had to present their invitation in order to be allowed into the sanctuary, an invitation has been sent to each of our addresses, asking us to R.S.V.P to the royal marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).
My R.S.V.P. is yes.
As I watched Meghan leave the hotel in a Rolls Royce with her mother to travel to the ceremony, I was struck that I too will one day make such a trip. All children of God have Meghan’s experience in their future. As the Bride of Christ, we will be presented to the Son as His Bride.
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)
Did the royal wedding stir your heart? Do not let that stirring be extinguished. Let God fan that flame in your heart as a reminder that…
- This end of history is real.
- As a member of the Bride of Christ, you too will attend a royal wedding.
- The most real part of your story is eternal.
- You are royalty.
- Marriages here are a shadow of what is to come in the ultimate marriage.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
Together, men and women, make up the Bride of Christ. I assume it is more difficult for men to grasp the reality of being a bride. There are no marriages in heaven (Matthew 22:11). When Meghan walked up the aisle with a collection of boys and girls holding her train, that is our future together. Brothers and sisters in Christ from every tribe and nation will be presented alongside each other as one.
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10)
Wasn’t Meghan beautiful today? The NBC commentator shared that the seamstresses that made the veil had to wash their hands every thirty minutes to make sure the tulle and threads remained pristine. May we take as much care with our hearts in preparing for our Groom, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing (Ephesians 5:27).
For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:2)
Wasn’t Harry’s love for his bride, palatable? When she arrived at the altar he said, “You look amazing. I love you.”
Ah, let that stir your soul…let that sink deeply into your soul. Oh, children of God, Jesus will one day say exactly the same to us.
For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:5)
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