Wedded Bliss Without End

Revelation 19:9 “Then an angel said to me, ‘Write: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ and he added, ‘These are the true words of God.’”

I’ve never been to a wedding that didn’t have some issue force a change of plans. I once attended a wedding at which the bride and groom didn’t show up until almost two hours after the ceremony was supposed to begin, and then they had to send someone back to the hotel to get the service folders they had forgotten. My sister’s wedding reception was interrupted by tornado sirens. Half an hour later the power went out and never came back on for the rest of the night. My wife’s bridesmaids got crossways with each other while they were getting dressed for our service. Later, when we walked into the reception hall, we found a teal blue cake with white trim, not the white cake with blue trim we had ordered. Even more stress can be had leading up to the big day.

The heavenly wedding to which we are invited is completely stress free. We will experience nothing but blessing. You may know that the Greek word behind the word “blessing” basically means “happy.” The wedding supper of the Lamb, and everything that follows, is a life of uninterrupted, completely satisfying happiness.

The Bible is admittedly short on the positive details, most likely because the things we will find there are so much better than anything we have experienced here that there is nothing to compare it to. It’s like trying to capture the Grand Canyon on a four-inch by six-inch snapshot. We know that all the negatives will be absent: crying or pain, death or danger, thirst or hunger, sin or sadness. We will live with an enormous, extended family in faithful love, and the Savior who loves us most will be our personal friend and companion for life without end. “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb.”

How can we be sure? “These are the true words of God.” The God who promised to send you a Savior and did, the God who promised to sacrifice his Son for you and did, the God who promised to raise his Son from the dead and did, is the God who promises you blessings at the wedding supper of the Lamb. Your blessings are guaranteed by his own word.

An invitation to a wedding is always a privilege. Someone has placed you in his or her list of most- favored friends or relatives. But we aren’t mere guests at this wedding. We are the bride. This is our big day. And our marriage to Christ is better than a traditional wedding, a destination wedding, a celebrity wedding, or even a royal wedding. It’s a heavenly wedding, and this happy marriage will never end.

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