The Wedding Day: A Beautiful Metaphor
Do you have a favourite wedding moment?
My favourite moment is the long awaited entrance of the bride. The moment everyone in the Church stands up and turns their gaze toward the doors as they open. The point when the organ music starts to play and the bride begins to walk down the aisle toward her bridegroom. This important day rests upon this brief dramatic entrance. All the hard work, all the planning, all the praying culminates in this grand, glorious arrival of the bride.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to once again witness my favourite moment. Tears streamed down my face as I watched my beautiful friend walk down the aisle. This moment reminds me every time of this wonderful moment that is to come. The moment of the marriage of the Lamb.
As I watched the bride enter, and her grooms face lit up, I saw a glimpse of the glorious day when Christ will see His bride, walking towards him, and the bride will see her husband, Jesus Christ, God Almighty.
I can only imagine what a beautiful moment that will be, but just as we anticipate this moment, we must prepare for it.
Christ has been preparing for this day for eternity. He has been awaiting the day when His bride will be clothed in His righteousness, and join Him in his throne room in the Kingdom of Heaven.
“For the wedding day of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear (Rev 19:7b-8)
When I think about preparing for my own marriage, I think about marriage prep courses, and meetings with a priest. I think about praying and getting to know my betrothed's heart. I also think about the manicures and hair appointments the day of my wedding. The ivory, light summer colours and deep maroon on display. I think of laughter filling the air as me and the beautiful women in my life will enjoy the pampering, attention and joy that will fill that day. We will pray together, sing together and rejoice together as we prepare for the moment that is to come.
This period of separation between a bride and her groom the day of their wedding, mirrors the preparation between the Christ and the Church.
Just like the bride prepares her wedding gown as she anticipates her wedding day, we are also preparing our “wedding gown” for the day when Christ returns. Rather than fine linen, our wedding gown is the purity of our character.
“All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
her gown is interwoven with gold.
In embroidered garments she is led to the king.
The Father paid the bride price to redeem us. He sent his only Son to die on the cross and we are now betrothed to be married. Waiting, purifying and preparing our garments in anticipation until the Father tells his Son it is time.
Food for thought: The next time you attend a wedding, think about how beautifully God chose to mirror the marriage between Him and his Church through the marriage of husband and wife.
“Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.” Eph5:25-27.