Friday, March 09, 2007

THE ultimate party

Parties are great. I have been amazed at the participation in the Ultimate Blog Party (800+ participants). I've party-hopped to around 200 sites, leaving messages on 90% of them. I've been awe-struck at the celebrations some people set up. I've smiled at the simplicity of others. I'm humbled by those who have visited me. And everyone seems to be having a good time. It shows how much people enjoy parties.

Birthday parties are fun. Spontaneous get-togethers can be exciting. But the type of party I often find the most poignant is a wedding party. The symbolism and the commitment mirrored at the wedding ceremony is awesome. Yes, I'm one who cries at weddings. But earthly wedding feasts only foreshadow THE ULTIMATE PARTY that will ever take place. Scripture tells us that we are the Bride of Christ and we are preparing for our wedding.

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah!
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Revelation 19:6-8

All glorious is the princess within her chamber ;
her gown is interwoven with gold.
In embroidered garments she is led to the king;
her virgin companions follow her
and are brought to you. Psalm 45:13-14

I delight greatly in the LORD;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10

We, as the bride, wait for the return of Jesus, the bridegroom. The time will come when He takes His church to be with Him. Then the true party will begin. I cannot pretend to know, or even begin to imagine, what the party will be like--but I know the Host and I know He plans to lavish His beloved with all good things. I know that in turn we take that blessing lavished out on us and return it to Him--for the Glory and Honor are all His. I know that He has been preparing this moment from the beginning of time. And I know that this party will be everlasting in a city of beauty beyond measure (see Revelation 21 and let your imagination go wild). I know that everyone will have a good time for Revelation 21:4 says there are no tears and no pain in heaven.

Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' " And he added, "These are the true words of God." Revelation 19:9

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:1-3

But there is something more important than what is served, how the place looks, or how many jewels are in the city. I know that I am invited. I know that I am covered by the blood of the Lamb and I am among those invited to come. That makes me excited. I get to live my life in preparation for attending THE wedding feast. And you can be certain that you are invited as well. If you aren't sure that you are invited, please follow the link below. It will tell you how you can be sure. Or email me through my profile. I'd love to help you procure your invitation.

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Thank you for attending my little slice of the Ultimate Blog Party. I so dream that someday we will all meet at the Wedding Feast! Until that day, be Blessed by the One who is preparing a place for you.


Mike said...

Hello there. Hopped over from 5 Minutes for Mom. Hope you don’t mind the visit, and future ones.

Have a great weekend.


Anonymous said...

As always you are aweinspiring!! BTW...I have moved (again..sigh)...I am much, much, more at home at my new place!!!

Rona's Home Page said...

The 5 Minutes Ladies did a terrific job at organizing this event. I found so many new blogs to add to my favorites list. Many of my blog buddies participated so it was fun to see what they were up to.
Have a great week.

wendell said...

"But there is something more important than what is served, how the place looks, or how many jewels are in the city. I know that I am invited. I know that I am covered by the blood of the Lamb and I am among those invited to come. "

I love the way you describe this just makes my heart happy...joyous!