“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and asthe voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth’’ (Revelation 19:6)
It had been beautiful, though long (two hours!), ceremony. Now, the wedding party and guests had gathered at the home of the bride's family. In the night twinkled Christmas icicle lights. Tables, decorated beautifully, were arranged on the patio and in the pavilion, next to a swimming pool in which balloons were floating. Romantic music punctuated the night air. The servers began distributing the four-course supper. First served was Seven Seas soup. Next the guests ate tamales, then nachos. Finally (after many were already stuffed), the main course was served - chicken, beef, rice, salad, bread. The guests enjoyed the food, milled around visiting and congratulating the bride and groom. Finally, toasts were made, the newlyweds kissed, and early in the next morning's hours, the guests departed, having celebrated seemingly to their last ounce of energy.
Someday, Christ will present us, His Church, His holy Bride, to Himself - blameless, without spot or any blemish. And we will feast! Can you even imagine the beauty and glory of this great marriage supper? Won't all the trials and trouble we experience on earth seem more than worth it then?
Knowing Christ's intention for us, His Bride, how should you prepare for this soon coming event? (David Woods)
This devotional is the Sunday, August 7, 2016 entry of Opening the Word.