O Come, Faithful Bridegroom
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Hosea 2:14-23, Isaiah 54:4-8, Revelation 19:6-10
BY Guest Writer
He said when he saw it in that thrift store window, he just knew. That’s how my friend Molly got her wedding dress. When she was still a little girl, far too young to be planning a wedding, her daddy saw a wedding gown in a thrift store window and purchased it in anticipation of the day he would walk his daughter down the aisle. When that day finally came, there was nothing secondhand about Molly. She was a bride as stunning as they come, adorned in a gown that took our breath away.
Revelation 19 sends us an invitation to a different kind of wedding reception, the marriage supper of the Lamb:
Then I heard something like the voice of a vast multitude, like the sound of cascading waters, and like the rumbling of loud thunder, saying,
Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the Almighty,
Let us be glad, rejoice, and give him glory,
because the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has prepared herself.
She was given fine linen to wear, bright and pure.
For the fine linen represents the righteous acts of the saints.
Then he said to me, “Write: Blessed are those invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb!” (vv.6–8).
Though nearly twenty years have passed, the memories of my own wedding day remain tender, as if they just happened yesterday. It was a beautiful start to a beautiful life. And yet, it was only a shadow of a higher truth, a more cosmic picture, an even more perfect union.
Marriage is the ultimate object lesson. The covenant language we exchange at the altar tells a story, not just of a human bride and groom, but of THE Bridegroom, the lover of our souls, who has betrothed Himself to us in covenant love.
Look again at the description of the marriage supper of the Lamb, and pay particular attention to the dress: “She was given fine linen to wear, bright and pure. For the fine linen represents the righteous acts of the saints” (v.8).
On the day when we, the Church, are finally united with Christ, our Faithful Bridegroom, we will be adorned more spectacularly than any bride has ever been, clothed in purity, and veiled in unfathomable grace. Our gown has been granted to us, bought and paid for by our Savior. We could never earn it, nor could we purchase it for ourselves. See how our wedding clothes are pure white, while Christ’s robe is “dipped in blood, and his name is called the Word of God” (v.13).
He came in swaddling clothes (Luke 2:12, ESV), so that He could purchase our wedding clothes; Jesus bought our wedding dress on the cross. But as He hung there, He just knew—the crucifixion was not the end of the story. He knew that someday, there would be a wedding, and His bride would be made ready by His sacrifice.
Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.