Thinking about getting married? In theory, we are all getting married… to something.
Jesus said it like this,
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.”
Often times, God refers to a wedding that will happen sometime in the future. The groom is Jesus. The bride is the Church. Multiple times in the Bible, we read about the Bride of Christ, also known as The Church. The Church is made up of all believers from the inception of the Church until Christ returns. All believers.
But read this:
6Then 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.
7Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory,for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. Revelation 19:6-8
I read that verse over and over, and that one part stuck out to me (so I bolded it for you): and his Bride has made herself ready.
Essentially, the Church has made herself ready. Somehow, the Church has done something to be ready to be married.
And that takes me back to this excerpt from KH Easley:
The best way to picture verses 7–9 is to remember the two important steps in ancient Jewish marriage. First came betrothal in which there was an agreement to marry. During this extended period, the groom and bride called each other “husband” and “wife” and remained faithful to each other, but there was no consummation of the relationship.
Which got me to thinking:
Jesus is the Groom, and he is known as Faithful and True.
The Church is the Bride, and we are making the Church ready. Well, at least we should be.
I recently read this article from CNN about Bible Belt Divorces, and it begs the question, “How faithful are we?”
How faithful are we in our friendships?
How faithful are we in our marriages?
How faithful are we in our churches?
How faithful are we as the Church?
Because, if you think about it, we are all getting married to something.
What is your response to Jesus – ditched, or hitched? And what can we do to be more faithful?