A Marriage in Heaven
Jesus said, "In My Fathers 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" (John 14:2-3).
Jesus said this to His twelve apostles the night before He went to the cross. It has many wedding overtones when compared to wedding customs in Bible times.
Weddings are wonderful! The Bible uses marriage to picture the loving relationship between Jesus and the bride, the church. Paul said, "Husbands, love your wives as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot nor wrinkle " (Ephesians 5:25 & 27).
Marriage customs were much different in Bible times than today. The groom and his father negotiated with the chosen bride and her parents. A purchase price was agreed upon and paid by the groom and his father. A betrothal covenant was signed, and the groom went away to prepare a house for his bride. Meanwhile, the bride added to her dowry and made her wedding dress. When the house was finished, the groom came to claim his bride. The wedding was followed by a wedding feast, which lasted many days.
Jesus has come. He wants you to be part of His bride. Your purchase price was paid on the cross. The bride is " the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood"(Acts 20:28). Jesus arose the third day, showed Himself alive for 40 days, (Acts 1:3) and ascended back to Heaven (Acts 1:9). The gospel is a proposal of spiritual marriage by the Lord Jesus Christ to all who will receive Him. Jesus says to you, "I love you and gave Myself for you on the cross. If you will receive me as your Savior, I will forgive all your sins and receive you as part of my bride." Accept His proposal, and you are betrothed to Jesus in a new, eternal wedding covenant.
In our beginning text above, Jesus told His apostles in the upper room He was leaving to prepare them a "mansion" in Heaven, and then He would come again to receive them unto Himself. It was just as the groom did in a marriage in Bible times.
One day Jesus will come with a shout and call His bride out of the world. All Christians, including those who have died and those who are still living at His coming, will rise to meet Him (I Thessalonians 4:16-17). They will move into Heaven for the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10 and Romans 14:10). All Christians will bring their "dowry" to present to Jesus. This includes their eternal investments in worship, money, and service. These do not earn salvation. Salvation is His gift. The judgment seat of Christ is where the bride is rewarded for her faithfulness to Him (Ephesians 4:8 and I Corinthians 3:12-14). Jesus will assign places of service in His millennial kingdom (Luke 19:15-19). "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb (Jesus) is come and His wife hath made herself ready" (Revelation 19:7).
While this is happening in Heaven, the world is taken over for seven years by an evil dictator called the "Beast" (Revelation 13). Then Jesus and His bride will come back to earth, defeat the beast at the "Battle of Armageddon" (Revelation 16:16 & 19:11-21), and set up His millennial kingdom on earth (Revelation 20:1-5). It will be a 1000-year wedding feast with Jesus!
Are you ready for His coming? Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Heavenly Bridegroom. Dont miss the wedding! Amen.
© 2002 D. B. Martin