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Preparing for the Wedding Feast

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!

What is Your Picture of God?

“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”  Revelation 7:10

When I transitioned from a small two-room school with a total of 30 students in grades 1-8 to a public junior high school with 1,100 students in grades 7-9, it was difficult to say the least. But the biggest problem I faced was what I told myself about the other kids. I told myself that they would not like me or accept me. I told myself that I was different and that I wasn’t smart enough. After all, I had been attending a small Christian school which had given me the idea that the world “out there” was a dangerous place with dangerous people who would destroy me if I got too close to them. This was the picture I had in my mind of these kids.

So when I saw a group of kids in my new junior high school laughing as I walked by, I thought they were laughing at me. When I saw a kid smoking behind the building, I thought all of the other 1,099 kids were smoking at every opportunity. When I saw one kid picking on another kid, that only confirmed that they “all” were bullies and that they were just waiting for the chance to pick on me. So the picture I had in my mind of the other kids affected the way I interacted with them. Over time, I realized my picture was distorted. It took a couple of years to deconstruct this negative picture I had painted in my mind, but by one positive experience at a time I ended up with a more accurate picture that allowed me to have friends and enjoy my public school years. I ended up graduating from the public high school with many friends and an experience I wouldn’t trade.

The picture we have of God is the most influential picture we have that colors our life. If our picture denies His existence, then we see everything around us as occurring by chance and without purpose. On the other hand, if my picture has an angry God who is looking to destroy me, then I live in fear and with pervasive guilt. There are as many pictures of God as there are people on the planet. And I do not mean to simplify the pictures in this short blog. The point I have discovered in my life and I want to share today is that the picture you have of God matters. It matters a lot! It affects your life whether you want to admit it or not. 

And the picture of God that I see in Revelation 7:10 is a God who offers salvation to every one. Yes, Jesus the Lamb came to this earth to live as a lamb, as one of us and one with us. And salvation is offered to us through His life, death, and resurrection. This is the gospel message. But salvation also comes from God the Father! When Jesus was on this earth risking everything by living in a sin-filled world, His Father was sitting on the throne keeping everything running so we could ALL be together one day. It is the Father who risked His Son for you and me. It is the Father that keeps us alive by grace. It is the Father who makes every allowance possible for your happiness, joy, and peace. 

I don’t know about you, but I find it harder to watch my kids go through a painful experience than to go through it myself. The picture of God I see in this short verse is one of love, sacrifice, responsibility, and commitment to you and me. God has done and is doing everything in His power to provide a way for us to be reunited with Him. This is the story of Revelation. This is the story of the Bible. And this is the picture of God – love. And this is why John paints the picture of salvation as coming first and foremost from the Father!

When we actually have this picture in our hearts and minds, we will be able to see the world and other people through the eyes of God. Yes, your picture of God matters. What does your picture of God look like? What if you saw yourself in that picture? What if you were sitting next to Him or at His feet or on His lap or in His arms? How would that change your day? Think about it. Maybe it’s time to repaint your picture!

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