Looking forward to the King’s Wedding

..like a Bride on her wedding day, may we increasingly anticipate the arrival of the ‘Lover of our souls’ and the beginning of a new life with Him – a life that will last forever

This devotional  is included in  “The King is Coming” Series.   It is inspired by the “Song of the Bride”

SONG OF THE BRIDE

Joy inexpressible and love indescribable

That’s what my Bridegroom gives to me

Peace unshakeable and life indestructible

That’s what my Bridegroom gives to me

So why would I cling to the treasures of Egypt

Why would I live in Babylon

Why would I seek for fame in a decaying world?

When a city made without hands is beckoning me!

 

A glorious inheritance with mansions magnificent

That’s what my Bridegroom’s prepared for me

A table laden with finest foods

The marriage supper of the Lamb

That’s what my Bridegroom’s prepared for me

So why would I cling to the treasures of Egypt

And why would I live in Babylon

And why would I seek for fame in a decaying world?

When a city made without hands is beckoning me!

 

He’s the fountain of all life

He’s the source of all I have

He’s the love of my life  

My life’s been changed by His love!

 

Joy inexpressible and love indescribable

That’s what my Bridegroom gives to me

Peace unshakeable and life indestructible

That’s what my Bridegroom gives to me

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Scripture Reading

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready….. Revelations 19:7 (NIV)

“Then he (the angel) said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.” (NASB)

“ By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter… He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” Hebrews 11:24,26 (NIV)

“ For he (Abraham) was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. “ Hebrews 11: 10 (NIV)

“And if I (Jesus) go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:3 (NIV)

We tend to be fascinated by weddings – particularly those involving royalty.  The upcoming wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Marple is no exception – it is likely to be televised ‘live’ globally.  Well, there’s a much more important and bigger wedding day coming and the Bridegroom, too is Royalty!  In fact, there has never been and will never be a Bridegroom quite like Him! The Bridegroom is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ, and His bride is the church (believers of all times).

King Jesus referred to His followers as “the bride” in the book of Revelation. He then said that anyone who read the book, (and its not an easy book to read!) receives a blessing       ( Rev 1:3). So a closer look at the ‘bride’ metaphor is likely to be a blessing to us as well.

A bride has to be ready to leave her old life and prioritize her relationship with her husband over any other relationship. Her name will change to reflect this, and she may even have to relocate. Added to that, she will be expected to support her husband’s vision. The same thing happens when someone chooses to become a follower and subject of King Jesus. We say no to every competing love, so that we can say yes, to Him, as our First Love. We begin to set aside activities, relationships and commitments that hinder us from serving Him. We learn to resist the influence of worldly values (such as materialism and status-seeking) in our decision making ( 1 John 2:15-17).  And just as a bride is keen to please her groom, true Christians make it their goal to please their King and live life in obedience to Him (2 Corinthians 5:9 ). And sometimes this won’t be easy.  Because, like a bride, we vow to follow Him “for better or for worse”.

When Abraham turned his back on a pagan culture to follow a God that no-one close to him had ever heard of, it was because he had found a relationship that over time, became more precious to him than any other – including his relationship with his son. His eyes were focused on His eternal destination, and this enabled him to withstand the insecurity and inconveniences of a nomadic life  ( Hebrews 11:8-10). When Moses left the privileges of Pharoah’s household to identify with the suffering of Hebrew slaves, it was because of an encounter with Someone much more significant than Pharoah (Hebrews 11:24-27). When Nehemiah heeded the call to leave a comfortable life in the king’s palace in Babylon, only to face opposition and insults in his quest to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, it wasn’t about a building project – it was because he longed to see his nation’s relationship with God restored (Nehemiah 1:1-2:10 ).

Many years ago, after a period of reflection, it became very clear to me that my love for money had reached a point where it exceeded my love for Jesus. I remember having a dream in which I and some friends, were climbing a mountain. It was a dangerous endeavor, but we were captivated by our mission – we wanted to retrieve pearls hidden at the bottom a very deep, dark, lake that had formed in the volcanic crater at the top of the mountain. Although we managed to retrieve the pearls,  upon examination, we realized that they were counterfeit! When I woke up, these words dropped into my mind. “ My people take great risks for temporal gain but are unwilling to  do the same for eternal riches.” I then remembered to the parable King Jesus taught about the Kingdom of heaven being like a pearl hidden in a field; a man discovers the pearl, and considers it worth selling everything he owns, so that he can acquire it ( Matthew 13:44). I began to see that living for the King and belonging to His eternal Kingdom is true wealth. Its value so far outweighs earthly riches that the latter could be viewed as counterfeit wealth in comparison. I fell in love with King Jesus all over again and turned my back on a workaholic life, not really knowing what I would do next. It proved to be one of the most liberating decisions I have ever made!

King Jesus warned us that the situation on earth will be very disruptive before His coming (Matthew 24:4-14 ). May this revelation free us from our tendency to believe that our fulfillment lies in this world, to the point where we often make the accumulation of ‘things’ our goal.  Enlightened by this truth, like a bride on her wedding day, may we increasingly anticipate the coming of the ‘Lover of our souls’ and the beginning of a new life with Him –  a life that will last forever.

 

 

 

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