-written by Jean Daniel
Okay, let’s just get it out in the open… I was divorced years ago!
My first marriage took place when I was twenty, when twenty seemed far more older and wiser then it does now. I wore a simple white dress I had been purchased, not as a wedding dress, but months earlier at a store similar to SAM’S. To make matters worse, the dress had already been worn a few times before the wedding. The pillbox hat that I wore balanced on my head was made from a cardboard oatmeal box covered in satin and pearls with a pouf of a veil emerging from the top. My shoes, uh… well worn.
The reception consisted of standing at the front doors of the little country church afterwards to shake hands with the guests. My parents worried about only spending $60 for the wedding, but, hey, we were married! The wedding by all legal standards worked, but the marriage did not!
Joyfully, my second wedding, although again very simple, was nothing but sweetness with our small blended family gathered around. It was a union full of God’s love.
My first marriage left me a divorcee, my second one ended as a widow. However, the marriage I am rejoicing the most about is the one that will leave me with the shining glory of eternity!
When I read about the Church being the “Bride of Christ,” I can’t help but think about my past weddings. Being the Bride of Christ is far greater than anything I could EVER imagine! My garments will be spotless, pure, and cleansed in His blood. I will enter this marriage knowing I am loved, I have been forgiven, and I am the righteousness of God. I am assured of my bridegroom’s love, for He gave His life for me. This marriage is going to last for all eternity… never to be ended by divorce or death!
Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. –Revelation 19:7-8, NIV
Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem, just as a young man commits himself to his bride. Then God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride. –Isaiah 62:5
When a couple becomes engaged, they make a commitment to each other and begin to prepare for their wedding day. Likewise, as the bride of Christ, daily commitment and preparation is essential.
But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. –2 Corinthians 11:3, NIV
Satan, however, is not happy with my devotion to Christ, so I have to be aware of his thorns sent to entangle me. Temptations seeks to destroy the relationship I have found in Christ. Therefore, I must:
- Be aware of their presence and seek God’s help to avoid them.
- Stay in touch with the scripture to arm myself from these attacks.
- Pray and commune with my Bridegroom to keep my focus on Him!
Oh, yes! This time my clothing will be bright and of fine cloth and will never have been worn. No oatmeal box hats, either! The atmosphere will be outshine the most elaborate of earthly weddings and will be full of God’s Glory! And, oh… the reception will go on forever with a feast of the fruits of our labor spread on the banquet table! What a wonderful day that will be when I am “Married To Christ!”
You, too, can experience this glorious day by opening your heart to God and asking for His forgiveness of your sin. Come, be a part of the wedding! You are invited!
Salvation in found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12, NIV