Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 124
Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a video of an anonymous voice singing a song written by Libby Allen, in 2010 … You Are My Everything, which which expresses the love we, as Christian husbands, should have for our wives as an expression of the love our Bridegroom, Jesus, will have for us when He comes for us, His Bride, to be with Him forever at the wedding feast of The Lamb.
Highlight Passage Revelation 21: 4 [NKJV] …
4 “… And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
… What it will be like at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb of God, together forever with His Bride, … the elect of God.
Highlight Context - Revelation 21: 1-8 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… The New Jerusalem after Jesus has come for His Bride
Reference Passage #1 - Ephesians 5: 22-33 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
Inspired by God, … Paul’s account of how a wedding should reflect The Bridegroom, Christ’s, love for His Bride, the Church.
Reference Passage #2 - Revelation 19: 6-8 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… As the Bride of Christ, are we preparing our linens (the righteous acts of believers) to be ready when our Bridegroom, The Messiah, comes for His Bride, the elect of God.
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Julie Ackerman Link, took this reader back to my wedding, which next month will be 50 years ago. And when my wife and I got married in a “Christian” wedding ceremony in a small church in Indiana, we no more had an idea of what we were saying or celebrating than the proverbial man-in-the-moon.
And that is because neither my wife, nor me, were born-again saved Christians at our wedding. No, both of us were unsaved sinners and didn’t have a clue what we were commemorating when we said our vows, pronounced by a Christian Minister, and at an altar in God’s house. We had no idea that our vows were falsified and dishonest before God. We were clueless when it came to what wedding vows really meant.
But now, remaining married for these (almost) 50 years, we do know that what we said before God half a century ago, recognizing now that our vows were serious commitments before God. We know these things now, because our marriage now is prayerfully one of those reflected by God’s word by the Apostle Paul in the Ephesians 5 passage, linked above. And we know that we are now the Saints, which John described in the Revelation 19 passage [also above], who should be preparing for our Bridegroom, Christ, to come again.
My wife and I now look forward, with anticipation, to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb of God, and honoring our Bridegroom, Christ, Who will come for His Bride (i.e., the Church - and that’s us!) to celebrate the coming of The New Jerusalem and the consumption of our predestined relationship with Christ.
And in this regard I will close with a prayer that every married Christian reading here will cherish His bride and Christ’s cherishes His; and that the instituted of marriage, which is being attacked in our times, will be again recognized for the truth it represents, … and institution established by God to reflect His love for His chosen ones.
My Prayer Today: Oh Lord, … We are Your Bride; and we prepare for Your coming again, … to take us to our Wedding Feast with You in Glory. Come soon, Lord, Jesus!!! Amen
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