Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. Revelation 19:7
Perhaps the most interesting wedding reception I ever attended was in a northern province on the island of Luzon in the Republic of the Philippines. It wasn’t really a reception, it was an event, a feast. It lasted for three days and included a grand procession through town as the the pigs and the caribou were presented to be a part of the feast. There was music and laughter and conversation and fun and games. There was food for everyone throughout the event, but on the third day there was a feast like I’ve never seen before. The presentation and variety of the food was spectacular and endless.
And it wasn’t just the feast that was so incredible, the bride was magnificent. I knew her because she was a family practice resident at the US Navy Hospital at Subic Bay Naval Base. I knew she had been preparing for this event for more than a year. She had been thinking about it, dreaming about it, planning for it, and preparing herself for it. And on the day of the feast, she was indeed ready!
John describes a wedding feast in Revelation 19. We are the bride. Jesus is the groom. Today, Jesus is courting us. He came to this earth, took on our humanity, lived among us, and took on our sins as the Lamb. Though He is a conquering Lion, we know Him as the Lamb. He is inviting us to the wedding feast. But just as the bride in my story, we need to be preparing ourselves for the grandest feast the universe will ever witness. The prospect of preparing myself for such an event would be a daunting task except for one thing – the Lamb.
You see, in the epic love story of Revelation, the Groom who is the Lamb comes to prepare with us. He doesn’t leave us alone to prepare for the wedding feast. This is what Jesus says about getting prepared for this marvelous event: “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20) Jesus wants to sit down with you and me to share a meal together today!
The only preparation needed for the wedding feast in Revelation 19 is to feast on His Word, listen to His voice, and live in His will TODAY! Imagine, getting a taste of the wedding feast today! Imagine sitting with the Lamb today! Let the love affair with the Lamb begin today!