Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb'” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9, NASB)
Are you married? Are you single? In heaven, it doesn’t matter, because Jesus said, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.” (Luke 20:34-36)
Marriage, then, is reserved for this life. It is merely a “type” or “prototype” of what is to come and what is already, if you are a Christian: your marriage to the lamb of God – you being the bride and he being the bridegroom.
When the apostle Paul spoke of marriage, he said, “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:32) Christ and the church is the “ultimate” marriage for which marriage on the earth was but a shadow – an important shadow yes, but a mere prototype of what is to come.
We will not be married in heaven, because we will all be married to Christ. Our closeness to Christ will be so close in heaven that it will not compare to the closeness that we can get by being married on the earth.
Now on one level, we are married already to Christ, if we are Christians. But on an entirely different level, I believe we have “seen nothing yet” being still on this earth. Why do I say this? I say this because we have yet to partake in the marriage supper! And since the marriage supper is still pending, it would be hard to convince me that the marriage has been truly entered into. Biblically, our marriage is still “pending” in this sense. We are married to Christ as Christians – yes – but we are really only in the “betrothal stage” and have yet to really partake in all that God has for us, as his beloved bride.
As the Bible declares, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM” (1 Corinthians 2:9b).
Thus if God has prepared for us such things that have not even entered our minds, how can we say that we have entered in fully to this marriage with Christ? The greater things await us, to be sure. The supper awaits. And great glory awaits. For as Paul also has written, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” (1 Corithians 13:12) Friends, this is not the end. This is just the beginning. You have only begun to taste of the love and goodness of God, if you have tasted of it at all.
My friends, we have seen nothing yet.
Are you coming? You are coordially INVITED to attend the marriage supper of the Lamb! And who is this Lamb, you ask? He is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, who takes away the sin of the world. For as John the Baptist said concerning Him, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
Jesus Christ IS that Lamb! Jesus Christ IS the bridegroom. Jesus Christ WILL be there! And I trust that YOU will be there, too!
Come, and partake of God’s blessings. But be sure that you arrive wearing the right clothing. For there is yet another passage in the Bible in which we read of a man who tried to attend a wedding celebration who had not been clothed in proper attire. Of him, it is written, “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. “Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'” (Matthew 22:11-13)
This passages speaks of a man who thought he could gain entrance to heaven without being clothed with the salvation that only Christ can bring. He thought, perhaps, that he could get into heaven by his own merits, rather than by the merits of Christ, who alone has the power to save us from our sins. This man did not know, or did not realize, or did not accept that “without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22b). This man had not trusted Christ as his Lord and Savior. This man’s end was terrible, for he was cast out into the outer darkness! This is a situation you do NOT want to find yourself in!
So while on the one hand you are invited to attend the wedding feast of the Lamb, you are also cautioned not to enter in lightly, or presumptuously, thinking that God will accept anyone at all. He will NOT accept anyone, unless they have truly trusted in Christ as their Lord and Savior. For that is what the Bible teaches us. “And without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22b). My friend, please trust in Christ today. For He gave you His life, and shed His blood on the cross, in order that by trusting in His sacrifice for your sin, you might be set free. He is truly the “lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world”. He is God’s substitutionary lamb. He is the substitute for me and you! What He did on the cross, no one else can do, for only He had the ability to pay our debt, for only He was and is sinless.
Will you come to Christ today?