My daughter was recently married last year and now my niece is getting married this weekend. I have always enjoyed weddings. …The decorations, the food, the decor. ….Many new faces to see and new people to meet. …Usually great food is prepared. ….It is free to attend. …People seem to be friendly and in a great mood. A beautiful bride is adorned for her husband. The Groom is waiting patiently on his bride to walk down the aisle. Soft music is playing in the background. Love is in the Air. Smiles are on the faces; Laughter can be heard.
As I think of my niece’s wedding, I think of an upcoming wedding. A wedding that will be most memorable. A wedding where there will be love, joy, peace for eternity. A love that will not end. A groom that is waiting patiently on his bride. He has already made preparations in advance. He is already built mansions. He has built a kingdom; with streets of pure gold. He has talked with his father about his bride.
How excited he must be to receive the bride into his eternal home. He already loves her and has spent many days getting to know her. He knows her weaknesses. He loves her sadnesses and tears. He knows her trials that she has overcome just to make it to him. He remembers the day when she first talked to him. Despite all her mistakes, he has forgiven her. See his bride is the church, the ones who have chosen him (Jesus) as their groom. They have chosen to love and honor and cherish him all the days of their lives.
I cannot wait until this wedding. It will be pure happiness to those who attend. It is free but by invitation only. You must have a wedding garment on. You cannot enter the wedding venue without his approval. No thieves or robbers are allowed. He has sent out the invitation to all that would attend, but many have rejected the invitation. They still have an opportunity until they take their last breath to attend. But many still refuse.
Matthew 22:2-14- The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.