Zechariah 12:1-13:9; Revelation 19:1-21; Psalm 147:1-20; Proverbs 31:1-7
“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and His bride has made herself ready…
Then the angel said to me, Write:
‘Blessed are those who are invited to
the wedding supper of the Lamb!’”
It’s always exciting to receive a “Save the Date” card in the mail announcing the future wedding day of a couple we know and care about. We mark the day on the calendar and begin making mental notes of travel plans, gifts, and the sheer joy of seeing people who mean so much to us. What a blessing to know that we are going to be a part of something very special!
Jesus gave St. John a glimpse of such a special day which the apostle recorded in the Book of Revelation–the great wedding feast of the Lamb and His Bride–all those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our Baptism we were robed with white, courtesy of our Lord’s shed blood on the Cross. By faith, our robes are kept pure and spotless until that glorious day when our Bridegroom returns to collect His Bride–the Church.
What excitement and joy awaits us!
And the beauty of God’s ‘Save the Date’ announcements is that He will continue to send them out, calling all people to repentance and faith. God desires all mankind to join in the great Marriage Feast of the Lamb!
So great and merciful and compassionate is our God!
Lord God, thank you for inviting us to the marriage feast of the Lamb, for inviting us to confess our sins before you, for granting us cleansing and new life in the waters of Baptism, for sustaining us through your Body and Blood until that glorious day of your return. May we not grow weary of waiting, but look at each day as a day that brings us closer to that “special date”. Thank you for dressing us in white robes of righteousness and for preparing our hearts and minds to meet you. In Jesus’ name we give you thanks and praise, Amen!