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The Wedding Feast
A young man was looking forward to the time when he would be reunited with his espoused lover. She was beautiful and popular. Her job as a model took her to all kinds of places. She began to flirt with all kinds of men. She led them on, exposed herself just enough to tease them, joined in their songs of debauchery and broken love. She went to places of defilement to view immorality and prostitution. Life was exciting, pleasurable and shallow. The bridegroom watched on in horror as he saw his lovely bride-to-be swept away into worldliness and degradation. Instead of preparing herself for the wedding and there future the bride was consumed with daily pleasures and pressures.
Jesus has gone on to prepare a place for his bride. He is waiting for the end of time for the time when he invites his bride to come and share the beautiful places he has prepared for the saints. In Jesus’ ministry he spoke longingly of that time when he would be bringing his bride to himself. John 14:1 - 3 Jesus said to his disciples. ”Do not let your hearts be troubled Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many room; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place fore you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.“
These verses speak of the wonderful place that Jesus is preparing for his bride. Are you going to be there at the wedding feast? Jesus also told a parable about the 5 foolish virgins and the 5 wise virgins who were waiting for the bridegroom to come. The five foolish virgins had failed to be ready for the coming of the bridegroom. We do not know the time when we will be called into God’s presence to face the judgement. Are you ready tonight? As the song asks, “ Are your garments spotless, Are they white as snow, Are you washed in the blood of the lamb.”
I was stirred in my heart a couple of months ago when I read the real meaning of Jesus’ offer of the cup to the disciples at the Last Supper. His words in Matthew 26:27 - 29, “Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.
Christ is here speaking about the wedding feast that will take place at the end of time.
This is recorded in Revelations 19:5 - 9. Then a voice came from the throne, saying
Praise our God all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!”
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder shouting:
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.)
Then the angel said to me, Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, These are the true words of God.”
Are you ready for this great event? Do you have on the fine linen garments of righteousness? What would you want to do before he comes back again?
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Communion – June 7 1998