George Handel wrote a dramatic libretto entitled Theodora, which is a story about a Christian, martyred for not obeying a decree to celebrate Emperor Diocletian’s birthday the way he wanted it celebrated during 4th century Rome. If we ever wondered what it would be like to live during that time, we are no longer left to wonder. We are there and have really been there for years. We’ve just been distracted by all of the entertainment.
Christians are followers of Christ. We are the body of Christ. This body is the bride of Christ. What does a bride do as the day of her wedding approaches? She prepares herself. She talks about her groom. She waits with anticipation. Everyone knows the day is approaching. Everyone knows the wedding is what is on her mind.
Our son had a wedding last May. A few months before the wedding, he moved into the home. His bride had a painting party to brighten up the rooms. Furniture was moved in. Invitations went out. Families and friends were choosing gifts and making plans to attend the wedding. The dresses were made, the suits were reserved, the music and food were planned. Doesn’t this bring to life our attitude as a church, knowing the day draws closer?
“…blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”