All this talk about the Royal Wedding this morning got me thinking about another Royal Wedding that will take place sometime in the not-so-distant future. I’m talking about the wedding of King Jesus to His bride, the Church.
All throughout Scripture the Church is pictured as the bride of Christ and Christ as the bridegroom. In Ephesians 5 Paul gives commands to wives and husbands, respectively, and explains how they are to interact with one another. The wife is to submit to the husband’s authority as the head of the marriage just as the husband is to submit to Christ who is the head of the body (or the Church). Also, the husband is to lovingly lead and humbly serve his wife just as Christ has done for the church, even to the point of dying for her.
The church collectively will be the bride of Christ when He returns in glory to setup His Kingdom on earth and there will be a great wedding ceremony and wedding feast!
The women in particular are swooning over this Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate because it is the “fairy tale wedding” they can only dream about. According to visualeconomics.com, the average wedding budget is $20,000 and the average cost of the wedding rings for the bride and groom is $1,016. Now consider these stats from the Royal Wedding:
- Kate’s 18 carat sapphire ring (previously Princess Diana’s) is estimated to be worth $398,000
- The budget for this wedding is estimated to be anywhere between $16-64 million
- The British economy is estimated to receive a boost of $995 million as a result of the wedding
- An estimated 2 billion people tuned in to the live media coverage of the event
- There are only 120,000 hotel rooms in London, yet they’re expecting 1.1 million visitors
- 1800 people were invited to the wedding
This wedding is a BIG DEAL, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the ultimate wedding which will take place at the Lord Jesus’ second coming between Him and His bride. Listen to how Revelation 19 describes it.
“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His 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. 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.'”
Elsewhere, the prophet Isaiah foretells of the wedding feast in Isaiah 25:6-9.
“On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wine on the lees well refined. And he will destroy on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
As awesome and extravagant as the Royal Wedding was today, how much more extravagant will be the Ultimate Royal Wedding?! This something we as believers should be looking forward to everyday. It should give us hope in the midst of the life’s valleys and should be the wind at our back’s on life’s mountaintops.
Sure, they paid millions of dollars for William and Kate’s wedding, but this marriage cost Jesus infinitely more. It cost Him his life! The invitation to this wedding has been sent out via the gospel. All are welcome, but not all will RSVP! Believe the gospel, repent of your sins, and in so doing, save your seat at the table! If you are a believer, look forward to this day by “making yourself ready,” as it says in Revelation 19. Let’s not be a bride who forgets the wedding day is coming!