Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Celebration To Come

This time of year two types of celebrations come to my mind: weddings and graduations.  Weddings celebrate the joining of two individuals who have committed to love one another and spend their lives together.  Graduations celebrate the completion of a stage of one’s academic journey.  Both of these events evoke joy and  tears…… yet happy tears.   Also, these events are definitely worth every bit of the fanfare they bring, since they represent milestones in an individual’s life.
Yet as wonderful and exciting as they are, there is a celebration on the horizon for God’s forever family that is beyond comparison.  The Word of God speaks of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.  When I think about this grand and glorious future event, at times it brings joyful tears to my eyes.  One day my Lord will celebrate with me, and all the saints,  His glorious return to receive His bride, the church, who has “made herself ready”, with “fine linen, bright and clean” (Revelation 19:7-8).  It is very difficult to imagine how grand this occasion will be, when we celebrate the Second Coming of our Savior,  and we will be joined with Him forever!
So, in the midst of life’s disappointments and discouragements, remember we have a glorious celebration to look forward to, and no one can keep us from it.   When our names were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, we secured our invitation!  No need to RVSP for fear of being turned away; our salvation means we are accepted in the Beloved for all eternity.  
Reflect on this celebration to come, and may it bring you hope and peace!  
Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb!’ ” Revelation 19:9        

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