“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”1
The blood of Christ paid the purchase price of His bride, the church. “My beloved is mine, and I am his…”2 The purchase price satisfied the Father of the bride. The resurrection of our Bridegroom provides the evidence of the Father’s approval of the purchase price. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”3 The Holy Spirit sealed the wedding covenant guaranteeing the bridegroom would return when His home was made ready to receive His chaste bride. “…after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of this glory.”4 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”5” “…Christ, also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that is should be holy and without blemish.”6
In Revelation 21 John witnesses the bride, the dwelling place her Bridegroom has prepared and the wedding of ages.
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” (Rev. 21:2,3).
The city is described in greater detail further down in this chapter. But here is where we find the Bridegroom has come and taken His bride to himself to dwell with him and He with her. He has taken her filthy rags:
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”(Rev. 19:7,8).
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes…” Crying is replaced with laughter. “…no more death…” Death gives way to life. “…neither sorrow, nor crying… ”Sorrow turns to joy. ”…neither shall there be any more pain…” Rest replaces pain. “…for the former things are passed away.” The heavenly reigns, the earthly has been dethroned.
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…” He adorns his bride with a new incorruptible, immortal body. “It is done.” And John saw it all.
Each day brings the church closer to its wedding day. I believe it is soon, but no one knows for sure. What I do know for sure:
“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”
And ours is to, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” Matt. 25:13.
Are you ready should the cry be heard tonight?
Heavenly Father, may we, your bride, live pleasing to you, bringing you glory. That at the appearing of our heavenly Bridegroom we will have no reason to be ashamed. Thank you for loving us with so great a love. Amen.
(1Matt. 25:6; 2SOS 2:16; 3John 1:12,13; 4Eph.1:13b,14; 5John 14:2,3; 6Eph. 5:25b-27)