Revelation 19:9 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."
I think that I have presided over 200 weddings in my ministry. Some of them I remember very well, so when I see a Facebook post of a special anniversary or some photos of the wedding, I happily congratulate the couple. It takes a lot of energy, focus, forgiveness, and encouragement to keep a marriage going. Those who survive their relationship issues and keep their love alive should be commended and celebrated.
Sadly, for some folks, their marriages have not survived the rigors of the years. What started out as a loving partnership, has ended up as a depleted relationship. No matter what the cause of the divorce, I think that most people who undergo a final separation feel a lot of pain, mixed with guilt and regret. The wedding celebrations of yesteryear are largely forgotten and the feeling of making a mistake will probably always be there. Divorce tears at the heart and mind, as well as the bank account and life resources. This is why more churches are setting up divorce recovery groups because the burdens of grief and regret can be difficult to carry alone.
As Christians, there is a wedding feast and a marriage that we can all look forward to occurring in our future lives. It will be the moment when Christ is finally united with the Church, His Bride. When He returns among us, He will invite all of His people to the celebration. It will be a time of great joy and jubilation, of everlasting love and eternal happiness. We may not always get things right with our relationships on Earth, but as Christians we do have this wonderful event to joyfully experience when Jesus is at last reunited with His followers and we are all welcomed into His Kingdom forever.
Questions for personal reflection
What does marriage mean to me? How does Christ’s marriage to the Church differ from what we experience on Earth?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for inviting us to Your wedding feast. May our hearts be open to Your love, so that when it finally happens, we may joyfully celebrate the eternal union of Your Kingdom in Heaven with Your Church on Earth. In Your Holy Name, we wait and pray. Amen.
John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment or ask questions about today’s devotion, please send him an email to Traqair@aol.com.
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