My wife and I have been to two weddings in the past month. The two young brides in these weddings are both wonderful Christian girls and the young men they married are richly blessed.
I love weddings! By far my favorite part of any wedding is the entrance of the bride. My heart always starts beating at that moment, when we stand to honor the beautiful young woman being ushered down the aisle by her father. It is an amazing moment.
How much more amazing is it to know that Christ calls us His Bride; His beautiful, spotless Bride. The church takes a lot of abuse these days, from those within it and without it. Some of the criticism is deserved, yet I am always reminded that Christ calls the church His Bride, and in Christ she is spotless and pure.
A wedding is planned, and one day all the heavenly host will stand, hearts beating, as the Bride is ushered into the wedding feast. Christ loves the church and laid His life down for her. Blessed be His name!
Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready . . .
– Revelation 19:7 (ESV)