by Kathy Matuschka
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‘Then the angel said to me, “Write this: 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).
This week we began with a parable of a wedding feast, and now we arrive at a vision of the wedding feast.
We know that the bridegroom, referred to here as the Lamb, is Jesus Christ and that we, the universal church, are Jesus’ bride.
We have our wedding outfits: the fine linen of righteousness. According to today’s text, this fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints (verse 8). This righteousness is not our own but is yet another element of the special package available to wedding guests in the kingdom of God.
There is only one way to access this package: to receive this generous invitation, which then leads us to worship God. In receiving, we acknowledge that as much as we would like to make ourselves worthy of this invitation, it is only by God’s grace that we can say:
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!’ (verses 6b–7a)
Imagine what it will be like standing among the roaring crowd shouting these words when God reveals his new kingdom, when there is no more sin and suffering, and when all of creation is made new.
Jesus, Lamb of God, I rest in your righteousness. Thank you that because you died, I may have life in all its fullness. Amen.