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(December 31, 2002)

The Ultimate Wedding

      By Fern Horst

"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. (Revelation 19:6-9)

Jesus Christ was the greatest single who ever walked the face of this earth. If we ever wonder whether being single is something strange or abnormal, we need only to look to Jesus. He is our ultimate example, and knowing that He faced the same things we do as singles, is a great comfort.

Some day Jesus will also be a Bridegroom, and we who have accepted Him as our Saviour and collectively make up His Church, will become His Bride.

Some singles resist the idea of Jesus as their Bridegroom, finding it difficult to think of Him in the same way they would of an earthly spouse. And indeed it is different in many ways. But we forget that earthly marriage was designed by God to be a pattern and shadow of the eventual marriage of Christ with the Church. Earthly marriage isn't the culmination of our existence; our eventual marriage as part of Christ's Church, is. To miss out on earthly marriage is neither here nor there in the light of eternity. But missing out on our future Marriage to Christ as part of His Church is a tragedy we can't afford to risk.

Christ is not a spouse to us in an earthly sense, nor is He a father, brother, or shepherd to us in an earthly sense. Yet the Bible references all of these to give us a clearer perspective of all that He is to us. My five-year-old niece one time declared to me that there is something she just doesn't understand, and that is how Jesus can be both a Shepherd AND a Lamb. I think she voiced the perplexity we all face at times: the Bible says that God is all of these things to us, and yet living in this limited earthly realm, we fail to fully comprehend how He is these things, and how He can be them all at the same time.

The neat thing is that while earthly spouses, parents, brothers, and friends all fall short in one way or another, God is all of these things - and in a much more perfect way - than any human can ever be. It's like one 50-year-old single woman once said to me, "While married people have the pattern and shadow (marriage), we as singles are only missing the shadow, not the real thing.

For those of you who have missed out on having a loving father or a considerate brother, have never seen an actual shepherd in action, or fear that you'll never marry, please don't fret! If you never have those, you've only missed out on the appetizer, not the main course and dessert. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, rest assured that in being with Him for all eternity you will some day experience the complete fullness of all that any human relationship was ever meant to be. There are some human relationships we will never experience, and the ones we do will never be perfect. But that's not what we're living for, anyway: our ultimate experience and goal is a relationship with Christ for all eternity.

The most important thing is that when He comes for us, we will be found ready. Satan loves to get us worried about missing out on certain things here and focused on achieving those things, so that we forget about preparing ourselves for our Bridegroom, whose day of coming we do not know! If you're not sure of your readiness for Him, please write to us today at devo@singleness.org, and we'll help you prepare for our coming Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Let's go into the New Year determined to make every part of our lives count for Him, just as we would - no, more than we would - for a soon-to-be earthly spouse!

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9)


© 2002 Fern Horst

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