Tidings for Tuesday

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain King, which made a marriage for His Son. Matthew 22:1,2

Amid all of the pageantry and romance that surrounded the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981, I recall one line spoken by Dr. Robert Runcie, the Archbishop of Canterbury, as he prepared to perform the ceremony: “This is the stuff that fairy tales are made of”. A lovely commoner was marrying the heir to the throne, and took the title of princess. The whole world watched and rejoiced at the spectacle and promise in a royal wedding. It was a beautiful, spectacular, and joyous event. But with all of its splendour, there is a greater marriage in the works, and we are all invited – not merely to be guests, but to be the bride!

Most of us were saddened to see the royal marriage eventually crumble and end. But it is so typical of many marriages today, if the couple even takes the time to get married. In today’s society, marriage has lost its special status as an institution of honour. So much of the meaning of marriage has been lost that even the disgusting homosexuals seek to take the term to refer to their abominable unions. We sorrow to see such degradation in what God has ordained. But we rejoice to consider that there is coming a marriage that will forever dispel all of the lies and broken promises of earth.

Consider how our text refers to a King who made a marriage for His Son. This reminds us today that it is God who has lifted us up to the status of a bride for the Lord Jesus. We deserved nothing, not even the crumbs from the wedding table. It was the Holy Spirit Who called us out of darkness into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son. It was Jesus Himself who bore our punishment and paid for our redemption in drops of His own blood on the cross. Yes, it was God who made the marriage. But it will be us who come into the joy of an eternal relationship with the Son.

The glorious truth of the coming Marriage Supper of the Lamb is enough to keep us excited about our salvation and full of service to our Bridegroom. Let the joyous prospect fill your heart today! -Jim MacIntosh

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