At 2am this morning (Phoenix time), Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton had a worldwide marriage ceremony that was covered by more media than any other wedding in history. I have to be honest with you, although I am happy for them (and praying for them too), I knew they were getting married, but I had no clue when it was until last night when I was at my parents house, and my mother told me that it was taking place early this morning. I also have to be even more honest with you… my take on the royal wedding is not going to be about Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton’s wedding. Instead, I’m gonna give you my take on a much bigger royal wedding. A royal wedding that many people have no clue is going to take place or maybe don’t even care; and this is very disheartening.
I want to talk about a royal wedding that will make the most extravagant of all weddings look like a cheap date that I took my wife on at Taco Bell before we got married. The kind of royal wedding that God has prepared for those who love Him is the kind of royal wedding I’m concerned about. This wedding is going to be divine and cosmic in scope. This will be the kind of wedding that no eye has seen or ear has heard of. There will be more guests at this wedding than any other wedding in the cosmos! There are also more guests who are going to be there and they don’t know it yet, so we need to let them in on what God has prepared for His guests (whom He calls sons and daughters).
Check out what John saw when Jesus took him on a trip to see what is yet to come in the future for those who love God and are called according to His purpose: “Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
“Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” First of all, what is the marriage supper of the Lamb. In a nutshell, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), and because Jesus unites us to Himself through faith in Him (Rom. 3:21-26; Rom 6:5), we now are pleasing to God through the Lamb’s obedience, not ours. This uniting is the same picture of a man and woman uniting in marriage and becoming one flesh. This marriage supper of the Lamb will be with Jesus as the bridegroom, and us, the church, as the bride (Rev. 21:2, 9-10), becoming one with Christ so that the effects of sin no longer rule or affect us (Rev. 21:3-5), and we can enjoy an eternity of fellowship with God as the bride of Christ, married to Jesus, the faithful and perfect husband who will never leave us or never forsake us.
This royal wedding is our entrance into God’s eternal and righteous kingdom. This royal wedding is the most important wedding ever. Missing out on this wedding will affect our eternal destiny. The invitations have been sent. Some have responded with glad hearts, others have no clue that they’ve been invited, and many threw the invitation away. What have you done with this invitation?
Here’s the deal, today if you have the eyes to see the importance of this feast, or have the ears to hear God’s voice in this, or have the mind to understand what Jesus has done for you, gladly receive this invitation with a heart that hates your sin and loves what Jesus did for you. You can be like the thief on the cross who accepted his just punishment and acknowledged that Jesus is Lord, the Son of God. Jesus said to this thief who simply owned his sin and believed that Jesus is Lord, “Today you will be with me in paradise!” (Luke 23:43). Oh what sweet words! We who are all deserving of death, are invited to a royal wedding, where Jesus covered all the charges, and we will be the bride of Jesus, and this wedding will be our entrance into God’s unseen and unfathomable kingdom.
If you are assure of your attendance to this wedding, what are you doing to see that those who threw away their invitation or who don’t know about this royal wedding can come. Don’t miss out on the chance to invite those who are far from God; invite everyone, and trust God to move in the hearts of the ones whom He intends to come. Salvation belongs to the Lord and thank God for the royal wedding that He has prepared for His glory and our joy!