Can you imagine with me going to a wedding and upon arriving everything is in its place. The place is beautifully decorated and the excitement is in the air! As we are all in our seats and the music begins to play, we arise expecting to see the beautiful bride walking down the isle to meet her groom. As she gets closer, we realize her veil is torn; her dress is wrinkled and has stains on it. Her hair is a tangled mess, which is covered by a flower clip in hopes to cover it up. Her face expresses neither joy nor sadness just a blank stare. She realizes she hasn’t taken the time for herself. She has prepared and worked hard in all her efforts in making the surroundings eye pleasing to others. However in this process of service she has failed to prepare herself to meet her groom. Can you imagine the sad or surprised look upon the grooms face, expecting to see a beautiful bride dressed in white ready to meet her love? He loves her regardless, yet seems disappointed that she didn’t take the time to present herself pure, clean or ready to become his on this special day.
Today must be the day for several weddings. Ah the glorious wedding day! As I sit here and look at Whitney’s bouquet on my table this morning I ponder the thought of weddings. Many times a person will plan months before the wedding just to get everything special and right. It seems more people plan more for their wedding than they do for their marriage. Whitney is my cousin who is like my daughter. I pulled her first tooth, she called me to tell me when she had her first kiss, I took her to the beach for the first time, took her to another country when we went to Africa, was there at her first prom, took pictures of her and her first boyfriend and many other first times. Today, she is getting married and it is in my home. This morning my house is decorated in white fabric cascading down the stairway and the tables are covered with glassware and I have even discovered some nice looking trays of food in my fridge. The wedding day has come and now I must prepare myself to see her dressed in white to welcome Tyler into our family. I know I will cry even though I will try to stay focused, since I am the photographer too. She has waited, she has prepared and she has kept herself from being tainted by the world in staying pure for her husband. She has made herself ready.
Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Revelation 19:7
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Revelation 19:8
We see the betrothed wife, the Bride, has made herself ready. She is the one who made the preparation. We too must prepare ourselves to meet the Bridegroom. Jesus expects to see His Bride, (the church) ready and looking beautiful. The church and believers should be without spot or wrinkle. We should be without sin, without issues of anger, bitterness, unforgiveness or any other ugly sin in our lives. If the Groom were to show up today for the big wedding day, what will He find? Will He see things untidy or will He look and see how beautiful you have prepared yourself? There is a wedding day coming; today might be the day so prepare to meet Him. The wedding will be beautiful and unforgettable for it will be a union for eternity!