“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 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. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. “ (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints). Revelation 19:6b-8.
This passage of Scripture brings many ideas to mind.
Firstly it gives me the feeling of: Finally! At last! Everything I have longed for and waited for has finally arrived. Everything I’ve lived for and suffered for is about to happen. Every woman who has been a bride knows what I’m talking about! The wedding day has arrived, at last; no more waiting, longing, planning, dreaming.
But this wedding is different. The Bridegroom is perfect – He has no characters flaws and no baggage to bring into this marriage. When we say our vows, we need never add “Until death us do part.” This is forever!
Secondly, the bride has made herself ready. This shows me that I am not a passive person in preparing for my wedding. Every bride makes herself ready. She works on her body, her complexion, her hair, on everything relating to what she will look like on that day.
But this Bride’s preparation is different. He beauty is inward. She has prepared her garments by doing the good works which God prepared in advance for her to do (Ephesians 2:10). She will wear fine linen, bright and clean which will be given her because she took the time to be generous (to do righteous acts).
This is a lifetime preparation, breaking the power of selfishness and greed by learning to care about other people and to be a giver rather than a receiver.
Perhaps the most startling thought is that we ourselves will provide the cloth from which our garments will be made for our wedding day by the way we have lived for others. Every choice, every decision we make contributes in some way to that glorious wedding day.
How do we feel about that coming day? Do we shrink in fear or do we long for that day because it will vindicate everything we have believed, stood for and acted on, even if only imperfectly.
If we fix our eyes on Jesus and keep our hearts close to His, that day will hold no terrors for us, only the joyful fulfilment of everything we hoped for and desired in this life.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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