Pastor Tim Romero
Revelation 19:6–9 (ESV): "Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure"— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9 And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are the true words of God.""Everyone loves an invitation to wedding because typically there is a reception to follow and that means "party time". The people are full of joy and tables are filled with good food. The best delicacy comes last, the wedding cake. Yum! However, you can't come to the party if you aren't invited and you can't enjoy the celebration if you don't accept the invitation.
After the fall of Babylon John hears a great multitude in heaven worshipping God. They are crying out "Hallelujah" for God has judge the wicked. The twenty four elders and the four creatures fall before His throne proclaiming Hallelujah, praising our great God for all that He has done. Then John sees the bride of Christ clothed in fine linen, bright and pure. They are ready for the marriage supper of the Lamb.
In Biblical days marriage involved two steps, the betrothal and the wedding. Although their was a considerable amount of time between them the individuals would be considered legally married, they were only awaiting the celebration and the consummation. The wedding began with a procession to the bride's house at an unbeknownst time followed by a return to the grooms home for the marriage feast which could last a week! Its a picture of the Church waiting for Jesus to come and take us back to His home to celebrate our marriage to Him.
Notice what John is to write, "blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." You're invited to the greatest celebration in the history of the universe. You don't want to miss this, I promise. As Spurgeon said, "Heaven is always heaven, and unspeakably full of blessedness; but even heaven has its holidays, even bliss has its overflowings; and on that day when the springtide of the infinite ocean of joy shall have come, what a measureless flood of delight shall overflow the souls of all glorified spirits..." I hope you say yes to Jesus! It's the RSVP to heaven. Be encouraged Christian, this day is coming soon. Great ready to party, it's gonna be off the hook!
Father we thank You for the gracious invitation to become the Bride of Christ. What an honor and privilege. May we remember our betrothal and live faithfully until Jesus comes to get us. We long to be in Your house clothed in Your holy garments. Prepare us Lord, sanctify us while we wait. May we extend the invitation to any and all whom You put in our path. We praise You for all You are and for all You have and will do in Jesus name, amen.