THE MOTHER OF ALL WEDDING CELEBRATIONS
A few days ago, I was going on a walk when I stumbled across a horse drawn carriage. The horses had pink feathers on their manes and a gentleman wearing a tuxedo was walking along side them. He had on a sweet pink tie and a matching pocket square. A lady was driving the carriage. So I quickly whipped out my phone to get a picture. Then the man walked up to me and asked “Pretty, isn’t it?” I smiled and answered “Yes, very pretty. Is this a wedding then?” I asked. His response was “Oooh no!; it is a funeral.” Taking a closer look, I saw that it was actually a horse drawn hearse. Then more softly he added “Well, weddings and funerals are pretty much the same are they not?” I did not know what to make of that, so I just smiled, nodded and quickened my pace thinking that was a strange comparison for him to make. But a couple of days later, the thought would not leave me and then I remembered “The marriage supper of the Lamb”. The same one that Mike Ferguson has described as the “Mother of all wedding celebrations”.
Today I just wish to share my thoughts on these with you. I pray that we will all live to a good old age in Jesus name. Then it will be time to go home; (for we are strangers here on earth; Hebrews 11 : 13) and our children will give us befitting funerals. Please note that said befitting burial is not a requirement to get an invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb. For the purpose of this article, let us suppose that the day of death is the day of burial. So as we bid the dead farewell here on earth, heaven welcomes them. So as a funeral is going on here, on the other side of eternity an invitation is given or not given. When we are called home, we go to meet our Creator and our Saviour who died for us, to give account of our sojourn on earth. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour here on this side of eternity, and we have a relationship with Him, that guarantees an invitation to the marriage supper, or so I think. “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 19:9 KJV (Having a relationship with Jesus with the help of the Holy Spirit helps to live a God fearing life).
So some will be invited and others will be left out of the marriage supper of the Lamb. I stress again here the importance of having an intimate relationship with Jesus before we are called home. Otherwise, we might not get the invitation. Remember the ten young virgins, five were ready but the other five were not prepared. And they missed their invitations and were locked out. I pray we will not be unprepared when we are called home.
Over this past weekend, there was a great wedding ceremony in England. One of the grandsons of the Queen of England, Prince Harry, wedded Ms. Megan Markle. There was an impressive turn out of guests from all over the globe. And I want to believe that no one was there who had not received an invitation. Simply put, there were no gate crashers at the Chapel. There will likewise be no gatecrashers at the marriage supper of the Lamb. You are either called or not. All guests at Harry and Meghans wedding came well prepared and very well dressed too. They had a long notice. Some had been on diets, some had gone for makeovers. Everybody wanted to look their very best. How are we then doing to see that we get our invitation to the “Mother of all wedding celebrations”? How about we diet those things that stand in the way of our relationship with Jesus as we prepare for the marriage supper of the Lamb? How about we do a lifestyle makeover while we are at it? Let us clean up and get ourselves ready. For unlike the guests invited to the Royal Wedding, we will not have any notice. We just never know when the call will sound.
“So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return . Matthew 25:13 NLT
DO NOT MISS YOUR INVITATION TO THE MOTHER OF ALL WEDDING CELEBRATIONS.
OLUYINKA EGO-MARTINS ©