Have you ever seen something so wonderful that you wonder how anything else could be better?
I think most people watched the bride when she glided down the aisle.
I couldn’t tell, because I was waiting for the groom’s reaction.
When the doors opened, he just looked.
Then, very slowly, reverently, his face melted into pure, overwhelmed wonder. All he could do was shake his head in awe.
I burst into tears, right then and there.
There were plenty of lovely things about that wedding, but the way the groom shook his head–the pride and joy he had in his bride–stand out to me as the highlight of the wedding.
When I think of him, I think of Jesus.
I think about how He calls the church His Bride. There is no shadow of unworthiness on the Church for which Christ died. When He welcomes us into the wedding feast, He will not be looking down his nose at “that second-rate bride.” No! He gave Himself to purify us. He bled to clothe us in that brilliant white. So He most certainly will not count us less worthy for having to do all the work Himself. That is the very basis of our worthiness.
If this young earthly groom was so overjoyed at his wedding, how much greater joy and love our Groom will express to us! If a young man’s wonder-filled face brought me to immediate tears, what will the triumphant, loving face of Jesus do to me?
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
– Ephesians 5:25-27, NKJV –
A glorious Church!
We don’t understand this love. How can we? We don’t expect any self-respecting groom to go pull his bride out of a gutter, wash her off, and bring her to the altar already loving her. But what has Jesus done? Loved us when we despised Him, pursued us when we ran, sanctified and cleansed us with His words when all the words we’d been saying to our own selves had not done a thing. And He was happy to do it. He doesn’t regret it. He doesn’t look back and wish He’d have found a better Bride. We are the Bride that was gloriously chosen. He is glad.
I believe that one day I’ll see a look on Jesus’ face that will far outdo that earthly groom’s expression.
But until then, I don’t think my imagination can improve on that wedding day moment.
“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”
Revelation 19:7-9, NKJV