December 23, 2020
This joyous, wondrous life we share is just a shadowed view, of what we’ll celebrate above as we are wed to YOU!
We live in the shadowlands, as C.S. Lewis said. This present darkness colors everything about this world. It often obscures the view of the reality of what is happening and will happen soon.
But what God has planned, and the kingdom He is building, is pictured all around us, merely waiting for the lifting of the veil. And no picture is greater than the marriage of a bride and groom, the picture of our coming marriage to the Lamb.
There are 4 “Hallelujahs” in Revelation 19. The vast multitude of heaven cannot contain themselves and break forth in glorious praise for four reasons:
But why are they rejoicing? They announce the reason for their hallelujah…
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” (vs. 7)
THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB HAS COME
No more waiting … no more longing … no more hesitation … no more suffering … no more restraint … no more distance from the One we love.
THE BRIDE IS READY!
One day soon … the music of heaven will begin to play!
One day soon … the Great groom will come to take His Bride forever!
One day soon … The Bride (the Church from all the ages) will be ready, not by her own doing, but because there has been “given to her fine linen, bright and clean.”
One day soon … the marriage of the Lamb will happen, for this groom has given His life that His Bride should be prepared for Him and forever worship Him in stunned adoration for His sacrifice!
This joyous, wondrous life we share is just a shadowed view; Of what we’ll celebrate above as we are wed to YOU!
Hallelujah, Father! You will fulfill Your promises completely to us, one day soon! Help me to see this today and live in light of the glories we will soon experience!
March 29, 2023
As a pastor for the last 55 years, I have had the joy of being encouraged and blessed and prayed for by so many people. It is what carries you in your task of shepherding people. As I look back over five decades of ministry, their love has dramatically enriched my life.
But also, a pastor leads. And when anyone leads, there are almost always some who disagree.
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