You can’t look at any media this week without reading about the Royal Wedding. The wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton takes place on Friday. During the last couple of months there has been a stream of information about the nuptials but now it’s a torrent of trivia. Expect the coverage of this event to dominate the news for the next couple of days. By early next week we should be reading reports about how the marriage is on the rocks. (I joke but the media is always looking for a story.)
Despite all the attention there are some surveys that indicate people aren’t that interested in the upcoming wedding. Ours is a jaded generation. Perhaps too many of us can remember the last Royal Wedding (Charles and Diana) and recall that it didn’t end “happily ever after.” Some people think the wedding is important because the future of the British monarchy is at stake. Others believe that TV, newspapers and the internet are just making it seem important and hoping for good ratings. Some people believe that love should really be celebrated and we should just rejoice with the happy couple.
You may not be interested in the upcoming wedding but there is at least one good reason why you should pay some attention to it. It just might help you get ready for your royal wedding. The Bible says that the church (that’s you and me) is the bride of Christ. Some day Jesus is coming back for his bride and taking her away for all of eternity. A wedding, any wedding, is a reminder to Christian people that Jesus has promised to return. Just as a rainbow is a symbol of God’s promise not to destroy the world by flood, so is a wedding a symbol of God’s promise to his people.
Revelation 19:6-7 says:
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.”
When Jesus left earth he told his disciples he was going away to prepare a place for them and that he would return for them so that they could always be together. The picture in Revelation is of the Wedding Feast that will take place in heaven when Christ returns for his people. We are going to be in a Royal Wedding and we should be ready for it.
Like I said earlier, some of us are jaded and cynical. We are uncertain about the importance of marriage or the value of promises. Many people don’t think Jesus will ever return because it has been so long since he left. However, we serve a God who keeps his promises. He is preparing a place for us. We will be part of a huge and amazing event that will be the climax of all earthly history. I don’t know when it will happen but I know for sure that it will, and I want to be there. I want to be ready.
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’” (Revelation 22:17)