THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB

Scripture Reading: Revelation 19:6-10

“And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true words of God.'” (Revelation 19:9)

The final hallelujah in this chapter (vs. 6-8) introduces a wedding banquet. The trials and persecutions that God’s people have experienced have been a preparation for the wedding. Our lives on earth are preparation for the wedding feast that will take place at the end of time. Christ and His people are to be married for eternity and the wedding feast is upon us.

The bride has made herself ready — “It was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure — for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints” (v. 8). Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us when we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ. But we are created unto Christ Jesus for good works — “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

God will bring about a new creation, a church unstained by her contact with Babylon. The imagery of the smoking harlot (v. 3) gives way to the festal sounds of a wedding celebration. The relationship between Christ and His Church is described in terms of a wedding (see Ephesians 5:22-32).

One day we, God’s people, will participate in the marriage supper of the Lamb. Until that day, Christ has left us with an anticipatory meal of this coming union — the Lord’s Supper. In the Lord’s Supper we look back on what Christ has done for us, and we look forward to what is to come — our union with Christ for eternity.

“Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” I long for the day when we will be set free from the temptations, trials, and tribulations of this present age. The day is coming when we will be united with our Bridegroom forever and we will live with Him in the new heavens and new earth.

Lord Jesus, thank You that I have been invited to the marriage of the Lamb. You are the Lamb, the Bridegroom of Your church. I look forward to the wedding celebration that will take place at the end of time, when I will be united with You forever. Prepare me for this glorious day as I live out my life on this earth in anticipation for the new heavens and new earth in which only righteousness dwells.

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