Summary: God compares our wedding to Christ to marrying a Lamb.
January 25, 2004 Revelation 19:5-9
5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying:
“Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!”
6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous declarations of the saints.)
9 Then the angel said to me,
“Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
The Garment and the Groom of the Gospel
When God approach Adam in the Garden of Eden, Adam hid because he was naked. God then asked Adam, “Who told you that you were naked?” It’s a rather simple question, but it has a profound meaning. Before that time, Adam didn’t think about the fact that he was naked. How couldn’t he? This amazing fact reflects the way he was made - not to be focused on him self. Instead, he was focused on God - on Eve - and on what God gave him to do. But once he fell into sin by eating from that Tree, he immediately looked at himself in a sinful way, and realized that he needed some clothes.
Ever since that Fall, humans have been obsessed with the ways in which they are clothed. A woman can have fifty pairs of shoes and clothing in her closet, look her husband straight in the eye, and say to him, “I don’t have anything to wear.” Every morning countless Americans look at five to ten different shirts or pants, ponder it for several minutes, and then finally decide what to wear. We don’t want anything that makes us look fat or doesn’t compliment us in some way - and this is just to go to work or out to eat! All the while, God tells us in his Word - “don’t let your beauty come from outward adornment!” (1 Peter 3:3)
This obsession over clothing only becomes worse when a special event is coming - especially a wedding. In the highly televised wedding of Trista and Ryan several months ago, I think I remember hearing that the bride wore a wedding dress that was 75,000 dollars. Man, oh man - 75,000 dollars for a dress! For that price it better fly! Even in normal life, the groomsmen end up having to pay over a hundred bucks just for a one day rental tux. I don’t know if I’m the only one that feels this way, but all of the pomp and anxiety over what kind of clothing is worn at a wedding and all of the little details seem somewhat ridiculous to me. Of course, this is coming from a guy who decided to get married on a farm, next to a cow yard, so I may be a bit strange on this thing. But the idea behind a wedding - the purpose of two people getting married is to publicly declare that they are committing to one another for life. When it’s done in a church, it’s done to thank and praise God for bringing two people together. Do we really need thousand dollar dresses and hundred dollar tuxes? It seems to be majoring in the minors.