I have been to countless weddings, and a good portion of that I served as one of the bride’s attendants. As one of the last of my close friends to get married, I was sure I would fulfill that old saying “Always a bridesmaid. Never a bride.” But, The Lord had other plans for me.
On my wedding day, when the doors opened, the beginning of my short walk down the aisle was only seconds away. “My Jesus, I love Thee” played skillfully on the piano. I listened for the note that would cue my first step. In unison, all our dear family and friends stood up. I suppose they all looked at me or my dress, for that is what I do when I am a guest at a wedding.
I don’t remember seeing anyone’s face when I walked down that aisle; my eyes were fixed on my bridegroom. And, he was crying. Not merely a single tear that can easily be wiped away with one hand. He was truly weeping. Thankfully, his best man was prepared with a travel pack of tissues in his pocket.
Even I didn’t cry that much (but maybe I was just concerned about my makeup getting ruined). Later, I asked him why all the tears. He said that when he stood up on that stage and watched me, dressed in white, walking towards him, he couldn’t help but think of the heavenly procession that will take place in the future, when the church, the bride, will see her bridegroom, Jesus Christ … and when she walks, her eyes will be fixed on Him.
I can certainly understand why he was bawling. In the wedding ceremony and in marriage is a picture of the most amazing relationship of all … far greater than the deepest love of any married couple! Christ’s love for the church transcends any human love. There is an appointed day when we will finally behold our bridegroom face-to-face. And I wonder if we would even be able to complete the “walk down the aisle.” One glimpse of His glory, and we would no doubt fall down on our faces to worship!
“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.”
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.”
(1 John 3:2)
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