Friday, October 20

Revelation 19:5-10 (ESV)

5 And from the throne came a voice saying,

“Praise our God,
    all you his servants,
you who fear him,
    small and great.”

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
7 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;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

9 And the angel said[a] to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Reflection

I must admit that the first time I skimmed through today’s reading from Revelation, the image of the wedding of the lamb seemed like an odd concept to me. Of course as I read it I realized that the “lamb” was Jesus. This is not the first time that the word lamb or Lamb of God appears in the Bible. According to some very reliable internet sources the word lamb is mentioned over 100 times throughout the Bible and the phrase, “Lamb of God” is mentioned over 25 times. Most of those are in the book of Revelation. The first mention of the “Lamb of God” in the New Testament is in John 1:29, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

The lamb is a very powerful and meaningful symbol to Christians so it seems only fitting that we should celebrate the wedding of the Lamb of God. We have celebrated his birth, death, and resurrection and now we are able to celebrate his wedding. I am so glad that my name is on the guest list and so glad that I don’t have to RSVP or choose an outfit to wear. It’s a come as you are, everyone is welcome event and the Lamb of God and his bride (the church) will welcome us all!

Prayer

Dear God, thank you for the gift of your son, the Lamb of God, and the promise that one day we shall be honored guests at his wedding. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Terri Harms Preschool Director of Daily Operations tharms@stjohns-springfield.org