Summary: The Parable of the Ten Virgins foretells both the joy and sadness of the Wedding Feast at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
THE WEDDING FEAST
by Pastor James May
One of the most exciting and joyous events in life is the marriage of two people who have decided to come together as husband and wife and build a life together. Around the world, this is a time of celebration.
Weddings can be as simple as standing before a Justice of the Peace or a Minister and saying the vows with only a few people to witness the event, or they can be as extravagant as you want provided you have the money to pay for it.
Last night, at around 7:00 PM, Mr. Donald Trump was married for the third time. One headline read, “Will the Third Time be the Charm for Trump?” His marriage to Melania Knauss, a Slovenian model, is being billed as the wedding of the century. That’s a pretty boastful statement considering that this century has only just begun. Nevertheless, this is going to be one very extravagant wedding. Even though trump calls it a “small private affair”, he has spent literally millions of dollars. I found it funny to hear that he was getting such good deals and saving so much money on his wedding.
Melania’s wedding dress was made with over 300 feet of material. It has a 13-foot train and a 16-foot veil. The dress is so big that the bride will sit on a stool during dinner because she won’t fit into a chair. Then she will change into a specially made gown for the reception that Trump paid somewhere between $100,000 and $200,000 for. (Of course he got a pretty sizable discount). Most of us could probably live for a few years on the discount alone.
I’m not intending to judge Mr. Trump. If he wants to have that kind of wedding and he can afford it, more power to him. The one thing I did find strange is that the Trumps aren’t going on a honeymoon. Donald Trump said that he wasn’t the vacationing type. He likes to work and make more money and doesn’t have time for honeymoons.
I wonder how long this marriage will last? It sounds like Mr. Trump is more in love with his money than his new wife already. For their sakes I hope I’m wrong in my opinion.
Regardless of how you feel about weddings though, they are one of the most important events in life.
The Trump weeding is such an event that it makes headlines around the world. Not only does he have a wedding cake that is 5 feet tall, and a set of rings valued at over $1.5 million (he did get a discount on them too), but there are between 350 and 500 guests invited. It would be interesting to see the elite of society as they gather for this wedding. There will be a lot of important and well-known people there including:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, Bruce Willis, Prince Charles, Clint Eastwood, Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman, Vic Damone, Liza Minnelli, Elton John, Billy Joel and Luciano Pavarotti, Shaquille O’Neal, Muhammad Ali, Larry King, Howard Stern, Pat O’Brien, New York Gov. George Pataki, and Henry and Nancy Kissinger.
What does Donald and Melania Trump’s wedding have to do with us this morning? Not really very much at all except to serve as an example of what an extravagant wedding is like.
Today I want to talk to you about another wedding that is soon going to happen. This isn’t going to be the “wedding of the century”. No, it’s going to be even bigger than that. The grandeur of the ceremony and the wealth that will go into putting this wedding together would take far more than the wealth of Donald Trump and Bill Gates combined. It has been in the planning stage since the beginning of time and the Bridegroom has spared no expense in preparing the ceremony, the feast, the wedding garments and the dwelling place for his bride.
Of course I’m talking about the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb”. The day is coming soon when Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, will come back to take his Bride away for that great wedding in Heaven. What a feast that’s going to be!
I don’t know what kind of food there will be but I believe it’s going to make the best and most expensive food on earth taste like nothing. I don’t know if there will be a wedding cake but if there is I can imagine that it will be a lot bigger than 5 feet tall because there are going to be a lot of wedding guests and no one will go away hungry.
We won’t be wearing a Christian Dior wedding dress, just a Christian robe of Righteousness that will outshine the sun and make anything that this world has to offer look like the rags that they really are.