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A marriage ceremony is a special time. It is a time when a man and a woman come together before God, to make lifetime vows to one another.
As joyful as this occasion is, there is another marriage ceremony that will take place in the future which will far outshine in glory and joy all earthly ones put together. Every day invitations are being sent out across the world by the thousands. Many are being called, but most people are replying no to the invitation. (Matthew 7:13-14; 22:1-14)
The marriage ceremony we want to let you know about is the Marriage Supper of The Lamb. This will be the glorious day in heaven when the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself up as a sacrificial lamb for the sins of the world (John 1:29), will be united forever with His church. We read of this event in the prophetic book of the end times: Revelation. “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 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. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” (Revelation 19:7-9)
The union between believers and Christ is often portrayed by the institution of marriage. For example, the church is described in a figurative sense as Jesus’ wife and bride in Revelation 19:7 & 22:17. Elsewhere in the New Testament, Jesus refers to Himself figuratively as the bridegroom. (Luke 5:33-35) Also, the apostle Paul shows that the marriage bond between a man and woman is a picture of the permanent and unbreakable union between Christ and His church. He shows this in Ephesians 5:31-32. “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” A mystery is something which is hidden or not clear to the understanding. The mystery Paul is referring to is this: when a man is joined to his wife in marriage, it is picturing the day when Christ will be joined to His church. This will take place at the Marriage Supper of The Lamb which you previously read about in Revelation 19:7-9. In this passage of scripture, we are shown that only the saints will be participating in this event, for it is the saints who make up the true church of Christ.
The question is, who are the saints? The answer to the question is given in 1 Corinthians 1:2, “...to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.” The saints are those who have called upon Jesus Christ for salvation, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Have you ever called on Jesus Christ for salvation? Jesus Christ is giving you an open invitation to become one of His saints so that you may attend the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Yet it’s important you realize, that while the invitation given by Jesus Christ is a free gift to you, it was very costly for Him. Jesus had to give His life on the cross for you and die for your sins in order to be able to extend the invitation. You see, we are all sinners in the eyes of God. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) And because God is righteous and just, He must judge us on account of our sins; “...know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9) However, because God loves you and wants to forgive you so that He doesn’t have to judge you guilty on judgment day, He judged His Son in your place which paid the penalty for your sins. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:8; 6:23)
In a marriage ceremony, a man and a woman make unique promises to each other that they make to no one else. Jesus does the same with His “bride”, i.e., the church. Because Jesus rose from the dead, He has the power to fulfill the following 3 promises, but only to those who have placed their trust in Him as their Savior:
Just as you can reply no to a wedding invitation, you can also reply no to the invitation Christ is giving you today. You must make a choice to either receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior or reject Him. If you want to reply yes, confess to Jesus you are a sinner, turn away from your sins, and call out to Him for salvation. Trust in Him and what He did for you on the cross. If you reply yes, you will become a saint of Jesus Christ and will be called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.