“Blessed are those invited to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.” Revelations 19:9
Since leaving Iowa, we rarely have the opportunity to attend a wedding. In the culture of my family and community, weddings weren’t an extravagant event. My wedding went like this: Invitations went out to immediate family and close friends. The ceremony took place at my church at 8:00 p.m., which lasted exactly twelve minutes. After the quick kiss, everyone followed Glen and me to the fellowship hall for tea sandwiches, nuts, mints, coffee, punch, and the a small piece of wedding cake. By 10:00 p.m., pictures were completed, and through a shower of rice, we headed out for the honeymoon.
When we moved to the Chicago area, we were invited to a wedding of one of Glen’s co-workers. My friend, Katy, knew I had never been to a big wedding celebration and gave me a piece of advice: Bring a wedding gift equal to the cost of the wedding reception. That meant I would have to spend at least fifty to one hundred dollars for the gala event. “It’s a party,” she said, “and you pay for it by your gift.”
The Wedding Supper of the Lamb was a free event for the believers. Jesus paid the entry fee with his death. The resurrection became our invitation to the grand ballroom where we will feast along side of God and all the saints who went before us.
Thank you, God, for the Wedding Supper you have prepared for us. Amen.