Well, I was in the street, on the footpath actually, waiting to cross the road at a pedestrian crossing. They were zooming past in their blacked out Range Rover as part of their motorcade, doubtless on the way to some official engagement. I like to think they saw me and waved but it was hard to see through the dark glass. Well maybe!
That’s probably as close as I’ll ever get to Royalty in this life but wait ‘til I tell you- I’ve actually been invited to a royal wedding!
This one will eclipse all others. I mean ‘Hello’ magazine will need a dozen special editions just to begin to cover it.
It’s coming soon when Jesus Christ returns to this Earth in majestic, divine glory ‘to judge the living and the dead’. Revelation 21 and 22 assures us that in that time God will make all things new. There will be new Heavens and Earth, the Maker will live once more in harmony with His creation, and all His children will be gathered and granted to live in resurrected security and peace, pictured as the garden city of ‘new Jerusalem’.
Revelation is a powerful mixture of symbolic images, and one of the pictures used is that of a wedding. Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’, the Church worldwide and in Heaven are His ‘Bride’.
We are used to traditional western weddings where the Groom waits at the church for the Bride to arrive (on time of course), but Jewish weddings in New Testament times were different. The Bride would prepare and wait at home for the Groom to come with his entourage to bring her to his parents’ house with music and dancing and great celebration. The festivities could last all week!
And why not? When two are in love, and happy to share publically their commitment and desire to be together it’s worth celebrating.
How wonderful then, that some of the closing words of Scripture assure believers that our Lord and Saviour loves us and desires that we live close to Him forever. He is coming soon to bring us to His Father’s house in heavenly glory. The praise and celebration shall never end!
We must try and wait patiently, faithfully, devotedly, and remember that even now we can draw close to our loving Lord and Friend in Heaven every time we turn our hearts and minds to pray.