Can you hear it??? It’s the sound of bells ringing! There is going to be a wedding! The Bridegroom is getting ready to come for His Bride! When you hear the sounding of the wedding trumpet, will your heart be ready to respond? Now is the time to prepare.
My daughter’s good friend, Angela, is getting married in a few months and she has asked Amy to be her maid of honor. Believe me, there is a flurry of activity to get ready for the big day. Dresses to find; venues to search for; foods to select; flowers and decorations to buy. As the day approaches, there will be dress fittings, cake tastings, shoes to find, hair to dress, jewelry to choose, bridal showers to plan, and the work to merge two households into one! It’s going to take a lot of time and attention! Yes, preparing for the wedding is occupying almost every waking moment of this bride and her friends & family!
The Bible tells us that there is going to be a great “marriage supper” for the Lamb of God and His Bride. WE, His people, are that Bride. As pictured in the ancient Hebrew marriage ceremony, the bride prepares and adorns herself for the wedding, then waits for the bridegroom to come to her house to get her to escort her to the wedding and then to the place He has prepared for them to live! (Didn’t Jesus say he was going to prepare a place for us? John 14:2)
We have been called and chosen to be His own. Purchased really. In ancient Israel, the father of the bridegroom paid a “bride price” to secure the bride for the bridegroom. (Didn’t the Heavenly Father pay a great price for us? John 3:16)
Now it is time to prepare and adorn ourselves to be ready for when He comes. Here’s the thing: if the bridegroom delays coming, the bride must guard her heart from forgetfulness. She can’t let her garments become shabby or torn. She must keep her shoes clean and polished. And most of all, her heart on fire for Him.
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Eph. 5: 27 KJV
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Peter 3:14 KJV
Diligence! That is the bride’s part. Giving all of her time and attention in the anticipation of the coming of her Beloved. Time and attention! In prayer; in the Word; in searching our hearts and confessing; in worship; in service.
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10 & 11 KJV
Don’t be distracted by a jealous enemy who would like to prevent this wedding by any means possible. An enemy who would defile and besmirch your spotless garments with the corrupting influences of the world. Stay focused on His great and precious promise.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Matthew 25: 6 KJV
JESUS IS COMING SOON!