It seems like every morning for the past month I’ve turned on the television only to be greeted by the latest Meghan Markel story.
Have you heard? American actress Meghan Markel married England’s Prince Harry on Saturday, May 19.
Of course, you’ve heard. After all, it was a royal wedding! But wasn’t the cathedral breathtaking! Weren’t the flowers stunning? And wasn’t Meghan beautiful? Don’t you wish you could’ve sneaked into just one reception dinner? After all, it was a royal wedding!
Royal weddings are a Big Deal. No detail is ignored. No expense is spared. No grandeur is forgotten In America, millions of people with no connection to either Meghan or Harry set their TV recorders for this once-in-a-lifetime can’t-miss spectacle. Did you? After all, it was a royal wedding with a beautiful, fairy-princess bride.
None of us were invited to that royal wedding. But we have all been invited to a far more glorious royal wedding; the invitation is found in Revelation 19:6b-9a—
“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 God’s holy people.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”
Can you imagine the scandal had Meghan walked down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel at Winsor Castle in, say, an old flannel shirt and ripped-up jeans? Or jammie pants, a “Suits” T-shirt and flip flops? The word scandal would barely suffice. Of course, those things didn’t happen because she was properly prepared.
One day we will appear in heaven and we, the Church, will be presented to Christ as his bride. Will we prepare ourselves? Note in verse 7 that Christ’s bride, the Church, “has made herself ready.” Have we made our selves ready for the day when we are fully united to Christ? Or do we think we can get by in old, torn-up clothes and flip-flops?
I think not. God has spared no expense in preparing for this wedding; God didn’t even spare the life of his only begotten Son. Let us not disrespect that amazing sacrifice by falling into the scandal of being ill-prepared to meet Jesus.
I’ll see you in church,