Prompt: What would you like for your wedding to be like some day?
I decided to skirt this prompt a little bit. Forgive me.
It’s the day after Christmas and Christmas isn’t over. It’s only just beginning. Jesus is born and lying in a manger. God is with us. Ahead, we have a life to live with Him. So don’t sink into winter blues. Even though your adrenaline has run out and decorations come down, don’t stop remembering.
Christmas leads us to a bloody cross. And the manger-baby, now thirty-something man dies. Does this sacrifice move your heart? God cloaked himself in flesh and blood at Christmas so that he could bleed three days before Easter.
And do you remember why he did it? Love. For His bride. God so loved…
This is the ultimate love story.
And the cross is not the end because he rose and now he waits and we wait, betrothed (2 Cor 11:2). We wait for the final culmination and consummation of the story that began in Bethlehem: a wedding. The Wedding. He came fully to us at Christmas, so that someday we can be fully with Him. This is the wedding I’m waiting for. It will be ecstasy, and intimacy, and glory and the great realization of love: white dresses purchased by God’s crimson blood.
“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 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. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”