6 Then I heard something like the voice of a vast multitude, like the sound of cascading waters, and like the rumbling of loud thunder, saying,
Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the Almighty,
7 Let us be glad, rejoice, and give him glory,
because the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has prepared herself.
8 She was given fine linen to wear, bright and pure.
For the fine linen represents the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:6 – 8 CSB
Have you ever wondered why we are so enchanted with Royal Weddings?
One of the top news stories over the last several weeks has been the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We have been regaled with every sort of speculation regarding who would be on the royal guest list, to what the bride would wear, or who would walk the bride down the aisle. This morning all the questions were answered as the world breathlessly watched the happy couple become husband and wife.
All the hub-bub and attention this whole affair has been given has left me with a question:
Why all the fuss?
Seriously, when you think about it, there is a wedding that happens somewhere in the world every single day; more than likely several of them. Those events, however, do not receive anywhere near the attention this wedding has generated. Why is this wedding different than all the rest? Why does this young couple stand out above all the others?
The answer is really quite simple…
This wedding is the stuff of fairytales.
Everyone loves the fairytale where the handsome prince marries the beautiful young damsel and they live together happily ever after. Weddings like Harry and Meghan’s revive all the imaginings, hopes and dreams we had as children. These events allow us to step outside our everyday lives into a place where dreams are fulfilled. Vicariously we are able to experience some of the joy of the happy couple as though it were our own. For this one moment in time, everything seems right with the world; everything seems good and hopeful.
And so it should.
Those of us in the Kingdom of God tend to view things from a more prophetic standpoint. We see and hear something going on beyond the surface of it all. Beneath all the excitement we hear the deep cry of the human heart to be loved fully, faithfully, and forever. We sense the longing of the human soul for that day when their lives can be lived happily ever after. We also hear the heavy sigh in the hearts of those who fear that day will never come.
That’s why I would like to tell you of another wedding that will take place in the future. It will be one in which everyone can participate. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns in glory, He will be wed to His people for all time and eternity. “Happily ever after” comes nowhere near to describing the joy experienced by those involved in that glorious wedding. The key, however, is to live in relationship with Him today so we can be sure to be in attendance on the wedding day. This is the joyful expectation of all those who are living in the Reign.