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The Marriage Supper of the Lamb 1/15/17

Revelation 19:6-10

  1. Intro

During the wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the minister with an unusual offer. "Look, I'll give you $100 if you'll change the wedding vows. When you get to me and the part where I'm to promise to 'love, honor and obey' and 'forsaking all others, be faithful to her forever,' I'd appreciate it if you'd just leave that part out."  He passed the minister the cash and walked away satisfied.

The wedding day arrives, and the bride and groom have moved to that part of the ceremony where the vows are exchanged. When it comes time for the groom's vows, the minister looks the young man in the eye and says, "Will you promise to prostrate yourself before her, obey her every command and wish, serve her breakfast in bed every morning of your life and swear eternally before God and your lovely wife that you will not ever even look at another woman, as long as you both shall live?"

 The groom gulped and looked around, and said in a tiny voice, "Yes."

 The groom leaned toward the minister and hissed, "I thought we had a deal."

 The minister put the $100 into his hand and whispered back, "She made me a much better offer."

  • Don’t we all just love weddings?
  • On April 29, 2011 billions of people watched the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton
  • The estimated cost of the wedding was 34 million compared to the US average of $27,000
  • The royal wedding cake: $80.000 / $540
  • The Flowers: $800,000 / $1988
  • The dress: $434,000 / $1099
  • The ring: $136,000 / $5392
  • The church service, music, food, decorations, security: $34 Million
  • It was great, but by comparison it was nothing.

Read Revelation 19:6-10

“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
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;
it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

And the angel said[a] to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

  1. The Participants in the Wedding
  1. The Host- The Father in Heaven
  2. He is the Father of the Bridegroom, He selected the bride, He prepares the wedding, He sends out the invitations.
  3. Matt 22:2-3 ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants[a] to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.’
  4. The Bridegroom: Jesus Christ
  5. He is the Son of God, the Groom
  6. The Bride: The Church
  7. Eph 5:25-26 ‘Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,’
  8. These are the participants for our wedding.
  1. The Engagement (Bethrothal)
  1. Just as every wedding must have certain participants. Every wedding follows a schedule of it’s own.
  2. Every wedding I’ve ever done has followed a schedule.
  3. Tell about wedding with Trevor
  4. Well, just like that one. The Jewish wedding followed 4 distinct phases.
  5. The First phase was the selection of the Bride by the Father.
  6. Obviously, choosing a bride is a big step in the wedding. In ancient Israel this was done by the groom’s father. Can you imagine?
  7. Now you can imagine that the groom’s mother and the groom had influence in the selection, however it was the father who had the final say
  8. Eph 1:4 tells us that the Father has selected the Bride for His son before the world was even created.
  9. Eph 1:4 ‘even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.’
  10. The second phase was the engagement of the bride and groom.
  11. This was called the Bethrothal. This involved a contract and the exchange of gifts.
  12. Once the father of the groom chose the bride then he would contact the bride’s father. When both men agreed on the marriage they would enter into a contract.
  13. This contract would spell out the terms of the marriage, the financial arrangements and other things.
  14. This was done with 3 actions.
  15. First there was an oral agreement in front of many witnesses. We do that today. It’s called vows.
  16. Secondly, there was a pledge of money.
  17. Finally there was a written contract. That was binding in a court of law.
  18. Once this contract was agreed upon and signed then the bride and groom were legally married.
  19. The only way it could be broken was by divorce or death.
  20. This period lasted for one year for a virgin and for one month for a widow.
  21. Matthew 1:18 ‘Now the birth of Jesus Christ[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed[b] to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.’
  22. Also important in this was the gifts. The gifts had three important parts.
  23. First was the ‘marriage present’. This was a gift that the bridegroom gave to the brides father.
  24. Secondly, the bride’s father gave the dowry to his daughter and ultimately to the groom. This would often include servants, valued possessions, land, etc.
  25. Third was the groom who gave a gift to the bride. This was often jewelry or clothes.
  26. 2 Cor 11:2-3 For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
  27. What does this mean for all of us?
  28. We are in the engagement phase of the process. God has chosen us to be presented to His Son, Jesus Christ as a pure and perfect bride. God has paid the price for our purchase. He offered His Own Son as a sacrifice for Christ.
  29. 1 Peter 1:18-19 tells us that Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb given for the church.
  30. As part of our betrothal we have been given an amazing dowry. The indwelling Holy Spirit. Because we have been betrothed to Christ, and have the dowry of the Holy Spirit our salvation is secure.
  31. The Father will never take back His dowry.
  32. We don’t know how long the bethrothal stage will last. But we are to keep ourselves spiritually pure and undefiled.
  33. After this you enter Phase 3. In Ancient Israel when the engagement period was complete. Remember 1 yr.
  34. The husband and wife were presented during a ceremony.
  35. The father of the groom would tell his son, ‘Go, son and get your bride and bring her home.’
  36. Most of the time this would be done in the evening. The anxious son would leave his fathers house and in a torch lit procession go to the home of the bride.
  37. Once there he would announce himself and he would go in and take the bride.
  38. When he would enter the home the bride’s father would take her hand and place it in his hand and off they’d go.
  39. Someday, God will say ‘Go, Son, and get Your bride and bring her home.’
  40. This will fulfill the contract, or the covenant that was made when He betrothed us to Christ.
  41. We are waiting. Matt 25:6 “Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet Him!”
  42. Finally the 4th Phase.
  43. After the bride was presented He would lead a joyous procession back to his father’s house.. Along the way prospective brides would join the procession, these were the friends of the bride and the bridegroom.
  44. When they got back to the Father’s house there was a feast already prepared. Like our wedding receptions, but much bigger.
  45. In the Jewish wedding the groom is the center of attention. He was the king for a time.
  46. The whole feast was supervised by a faithful steward as it would last from 3-7 days. Maybe even up to 14 days if the parents were wealthy.
  47. If you refused an invitation to the feast it was a huge slap in the face to the family.
  48. So, Jesus is coming for us to take us to His Father’s house where He’s been preparing a place for us for 2,000 years.
  49. Once we are presented to the groom, the greatest celebration in the universe will happen with the marriage supper of the lamb.
  50. Now if a wealthy person had a feast for 14 days, what do you thing the Father God has in store for you and I? The Bible says it’s last over 1000 years.
  1. How do we get ready?
  1. How much time do bride spend getting ready for the wedding? Hours and hours.
  2. They look at dresses, shoes, veils, jewelry and all the accessories.
  3. Not to mention they get a manicure and a pedicure, they get their hair done, they get their makeup done.
  4. Nothing is left to chance.

Look at Rev 19:6-8

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.

7 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; it was granted her to clothe herself  with fine linen, bright and pure”—

  1. We are going to look great. We’ll have white linens.
  2. There’s unique twist hear though.
  3. ‘Has it ever occurred to you that at the marriage of the bride to the lamb, each of us will be wearing the wedding garment of our own making?’
  4. That’s right, you’ll be making your own clothes.
  5. How we are dressed on that day depends on how we’ve served Christ during our lives here.
  6. Make sure you look good!
  1. Conclusion

How about you? Will you be a part of this wedding?