Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The Mercy of Christ Displayed in a Wedding

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the wedding of Andrew Sheppard and EuKyoung Cho at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. It was a very worshipful wedding, and I was particularly touched during the lighting of the unity candle.

After Andrew and EuKyoung used their individuals candles to light the unity candle, they faced one another and allowed the tops of their heads to touch. As I watched them enjoying the moment, the reality of Jesus Christ receiving his church as a bride hit me like a ton of bricks. I both cried and worshiped.

To think that One so holy and mighty as Jesus would receive us who are sinners saved by grace as though we were a pure, spotless bride--well, that's just beyond comprehension to me. Who can imagine such amazing grace?

So congratulations Andrew, EuKyoung, Steve and Dawn, and the rest of the family. May the Lord grant you his mercy as you celebrate what he's done. And glory be to your name, Jesus Christ, so great and might, and yet so gracious and merciful. There is none like you.

Revelation 19:1-9--"After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, 'Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just; for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.' Once more they cried out, 'Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.' And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, 'Amen. Hallelujah!' And from the throne came a voice saying, 'Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.'

"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. 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; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure'-- for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said 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.'"

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