Friday, September 9, 2011

How to Be Ready for the Wedding

I'm so excited. I'm going to a wedding this weekend!
Do you love weddings? I do, especially if its one that demonstrates the beauty of purity and the rewards of waiting.


This wedding features a lady who didn't date around. She waited patiently on the Omniscient Matchmaker and meanwhile got busy serving the LORD. Tomorrow will be a day full of love and rejoicing and many, many smiles (when this couple are together, they don't seem to stop smiling!).

Charmagne has been making herself ready for her beloved. Last week she generously granted me a preview of the wedding gown she designed and created. She will be radiant and glorious for her bridegroom. Yes, I took photos, and no, you can't see them, yet. =)

Charmagne's Titus 2 Evening
On Monday, I attended Charmagne's pre-wedding event which her family calls a Titus 2 evening. Based upon the Biblical injunction of Titus Chapter 2 for older women to teach the younger women to love their husbands, the evening wasn't about gifts, silliness, or entertainment. Each of the married or widowed women present spoke a word of encouragement or exhortation, sharing from their experience, successes and failures, humour and pathos. Some shared a poem, many chose Scriptures, several prayed. What a validation and benediction to the bride, and a wonderful way to set the tone for the week's celebrations. It was certainly a better preparation for marriage than the typical hens night.

[If the men have a Stag Night, why do women have a Hens Night?]

Preparing a Wedding Garment
The Bible frequently mentions weddings. Does that surprise you? The LORD God invented marriage and romance, and it's clear He likes talking about it.

I'm attending Charmagne's wedding as a guest, which means I need a wedding garment. This reminds me of the warning Jesus gave that if we want to be admitted to His wedding feast, we need to wear "a wedding garment"*. Don't be fooled into thinking you can choose your own spiritual outfit for this momentous occasion, that the LORD is not particular and anything will do. He IS particular. Make sure you're ready, wearing the garments that He has approved!

*Matthew 22:11

I'm writing this with a bunch of sweet violets smiling up at me from a tiny vase on the table. Someone on Monday night (I didn't discover who) brought a bucketful of posies as gifts for the ladies who attended. I've never smelled real violets before, let alone had my own posy. These illustrations are my way of sharing the delight with you.
What do you think is an appropriate wedding garment?
 I recently saw photos of a bride wearing red, a shocking contrast to the wedding images we're used to. It reminds me of Isaiah 1:18, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow..."

The meaning of white is further explained in Revelation chapter 19. It speaks of the marriage of the Lamb [Jesus Christ], and "his wife [betrothed] has made herself ready". Verse 8 says, "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."

Did you know this is the source of the bride-wore-white tradition? The marriage of a man and a woman is designed by God to reflect the relationship between Jesus Christ and His Bride.

Who is this Bride? Those who have been made pure by the shed blood of Jesus Christ and are granted the garments of salvation and the robes of His righteousness. [If you're not certain that's you, visit www.needgod.com to make sure.]

Knight on a White Horse
 We are powerless to achieve this gorgeous, spiritual wedding gown through our own creative efforts. Truthfully, we get very creative in trying, don't we? We have so many variations on "I'm a good person!"  Isaiah 64:6 says, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away*."

*Every time we break one of the The Ten Commandments.

The good news is that Jesus Christ will rescue those who call on His name and trust in Him to save them. He is the original, eternal Knight on a White Horse. He will make sure that His Bride is undefiled, without spot or wrinkle, glorious and beautiful.

Is Jesus Christ your Knight on a White Horse? He's coming soon! Are you making yourself ready for your Beloved? What are you doing to prepare?

Colossians chapter 3 is a good place to start.

Next week: Charmagne's Wedding, Part 2!

Rejoice, for the Bridegroom Cometh!

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