Listen to this devotional:
Revelation 19:9 – "Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!" And he added, "These are the true words of God." (NIV)
Weddings are social highlights enjoyed by all and celebrated in many ways in my home town. Some are performed beside the fish pool at the courthouse, others in churches, and some around the Big Oak, a tourist attraction in our town. The most elaborate of all take place at Pebblehill, a restored plantation, opened to the public in our area.
I am always delighted to receive a wedding invitation. Jesus also loved weddings. Besides attending the wedding feast at Cana, he told a parable about a bridegroom and ten virgins preparing for a wedding feast, as recorded in Matthew 25:1-13.
The final scene of the book of Revelation is the marriage supper of the Lamb — Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom. Amazingly, we are all invited to His wedding feast — the invitation is extended to us, all through the Bible. Beginning in Genesis and throughout sixty-six books of instructions, we are told how we may attend. God even sent his Son to show us the way.
There is no elite guest list for this wedding. If we follow the directions recorded in the book, we will not be like the five foolish virgins, who were unprepared, ran out of oil, and were shut out of the wedding banquet.
Matthew 25:13 – Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. (NIV)
We are all invited, but we are reminded to stay prepared. We do not know the hour the Bridegroom will come.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for inviting us, for instructing us, and for opening the way for us to attend the marriage supper. Keep us prepared and vigilant, watching for Your return, so that when the hour comes, we will be ready. Amen.