Last Friday while I was working on a project, my ADD-addled eyes wandered over to the news ticker that periodically updates on the side of my computer screen. The following headline caught my attention and my heart immediately sank.
Can it get much more tragic for something that’s supposed to be so joyous? A new beginning cut short before starting.
The couple had gotten married on June 9th. The bride was getting pictures in her wedding dress with a beautiful background of a waterfall. The weight of the water swamped her dress and the current overtook her.
Can you imagine what this groom is going through?
How do you console someone who’s had a loss like this? What do you say?
Weddings are meant to be hopeful. Weddings are promises of the future. They help remind married people in the crowd of their vows. People cry out of joy and happiness for the betrothed.
Weddings aren’t meant to have such tragedy and heartbreak wrapped up in them.
That’s the problem we have in this world. Even with so much joy and wonderful things life has to offer, there is always the possibility of tragedy around the corner. What’s the saying? The only two guarantees in life are death and taxes.
There’s something else that is guaranteed to us, however. (It’s not 100% proven to everyone’s satisfaction, like death and taxes.) We have this promise throughout Scripture. It’s a promise about an important wedding. Everybody who’s everybody is going to be there. It’s the social event of the…well, of all time. It’s the wedding of the Lamb and His Bride, the Church.
Two great passages of Scripture talk about this.
Isaiah 62:5 – “As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.”
Revelation 21:2 – “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be God’s people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’”
Weddings on Earth are just a hint at what’s coming. They are just a foreshadowing of the greatness to come, the unexplainable delight that we will have to be a part of this wedding.
We are the Bride of Christ! Yeah, that might be weird for us guys to grasp, but I look at it through a specific lens. I think about how exciting this promise of undying love that marriage has for us. This promise is one of unswerving commitment.
That’s a promise worth hoping in. If you have ever felt any twitch of joy at all, that is just a miniscule glimpse of the joy we will revel in as Christ’s bride.
I hope I see you at The Wedding!