I once attend the most amazing wedding and had the privilege of speaking at the ceremony. Following the ceremony one thousand five hundred guests sat at one hundred and fifty tables in the most lavish wedding reception I have ever been privileged to attend, but this cannot possibly compare with a marriage feast that is to come, when Jesus and His Church celebrate.
In Ephesians 5:21-32 Paul writing about marriage, uses the picture of Christ and His church, washed, cleansed and presented to Himself as a bride, totally holy and without blemish. Can you imagine what it is going to be like when Jesus and His children, clothed in glory, the Church triumphant dressed as a bride, spotless and without wrinkle celebrate together?
Jesus told two parables that hint of this heavenly marriage. The first, in Luke, is the parable of the Great Supper. Those invited made excuses and could not come. The master was so angry and commanded his servants to go the highways and byways and compel the poor, crippled, blind and lame to come to the great feast. Broken people accepted by the Master and made whole will attend the Marriage Feast of the Lamb.
The second parable of Jesus that hints of the great marriage feast is in Matthew’s gospel. It is directly linked to Jesus speaking about the last days. Five wise virgins had their lamps filled with oil and were ready for the bridegroom’s coming. Five foolish virgins were not prepared for His coming and missed his coming because they were looking for oil.
The Marriage Feast of the Lamb will be a wonderful event. Don’t miss it because of wrong priorities and feeble excuses. Be prepared and ready when Jesus, the Bridegroom comes.
What kind of excuses prevented the people invited to the Great Supper from attending? What are the excuses that people have today for not being ready for the Marriage Feast of the Lamb?
Something to Do:
Will you take a few moments today to praise God for His amazing grace, that you, despite having been unworthy and spiritually poor, have been washed, made clean, accepted and are privileged to attend the greatest Marriage Feast in history?