Pastor’s Patch – May 2017
Some time ago my wife and I received an invite to a family wedding; but this was no ordinary invitation. Resembling a brochure from a high-end services company, there was a printed folder with 5 pull-out cards detailing the invitation, the order of the day, the meal choices, the gift list and the website to respond with replies and choices. I was gobsmacked to subsequently learn that the couple were spending £23,000 on the wedding celebrations. This is not a wealthy couple, but this is a couple who are following the current trend to spend increasing amounts on a single wedding day. Nevertheless, my wife and I adjusted our plans to attend the wedding just to support the couple as they began their new life together.
However, my wife and I have also been invited to another, very different, wedding. It has been a long time in the planning, and will make the above-mentioned wedding reception look like a stale sandwich in a greasy-spoon roadside café. It will have all the joy and celebration of a wedding, but it will be never-ending joy and celabration. We have been invited to “the wedding of the Lamb”. Anyone wanting to attend will need to adjust their plans in life in order to attend, but it will be well worth it.
We read about this wedding invite in the bible
Let us rejoice and be glad…The wedding of the Lamb has come
and his bride has made herself ready
(Revelation chapter 19 verse 7)
Bible Commentator Phil Moore notes that “World history will not end with a funeral, but with a wedding.” This wedding is a picture of how Jesus will be enjoined to his Church forever, this bride that declared she would “forsake all others”, this groom who promises “all that I am I share with you, all that I have I give to you”.
Thankfully, everyone who is invited to this wedding is encouraged to “bring a guest”. So you too are invited. Feel free to adjust your plans in life, and ensure you don’t miss out on the wedding of the century, in fact, the wedding of all time!