Day 37: The Wedding Feast of the Lamb
Let us rejoice and exult and give him glory! For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready. It was granted to her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints…Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb! Revelation 19:7-9
There’s a party in heaven, and we’re invited! In fact, we are more than invited, we have been chosen to be the Bride of the Lamb! Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory, indeed! For that day He will present us to Himself, having made us free of stain, wrinkle, or any other blemish! Such is the work of grace of the Lamb for His bride.
Yet the text says, “His bride has made herself ready.” In the midst of all this grace, all of this work of the Lamb for His bride, she is not totally passive. There is a responsibility built into this that we, as the Bride, should note.
Jesus often spoke of rewards and how our deeds on affect them.
New Testament writers speak of righteous acts, urging us to prove our faith by our deeds (Jas. 2), and to consider our motives (Col. 3:23; Gal. 1:10; Matt. 6:1-4; Cor. 3; 15:58). We do not weave together a garment out of our own righteousness, there are too many verses that tell us these are given to us by God’s provision, but we do bear the responsibility to live out our righteousness by displaying those good deeds in Christ, prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10). So, let us prepare, as the Bride, for our Bridegroom!
• When someone or something is important to us we give much thought and effort to preparation. What are you doing to prepare for that day when you meet the Beloved Lamb?
• If you struggle with feelings of shame and unworthiness, feeling far from free from stain and blemish, read Zechariah 3. What does this tell you about how the Lamb will see you as His Bride?
• Ask the Lord to reveal to you some of the righteous deeds He has purposed for you as adornment for the Bride.
Lord, I have only a glimmer of the joy in Your heart as You anticipate Your wedding feast. Fill me more and more with butterflies of anticipation for that day. Show me how to prepare myself for You, what righteous deeds You have purposed for me to adorn the Bride. Purify my motives. Intensify my intentions. Deepen my gratitude that You have chosen me for Yourself.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries