by Tammy Phillips
April 30, 2021
Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor 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. (Revelation 19:7-8 KJV)
PREPARED means made suitable; made ready; to put in a proper state of mind; to work out the details of plan in advance; to put together. Pretty much prepared means ready, set, go.
A wedding does not just happen. It takes tons of preparation, including sleepless nights, endless phone calls, a multitude of decisions, lists and meetings. It has been 465 days since Mary Claire, my daughter in law to be, took the first step to becoming a bride. First, she said yes to my son, Brayden’s proposal. Next, she picked the perfect wedding dress. She has worked out the myriad of details with her mom’s help. She had spent time with Brayden getting to know him better and also making final choices about the specific’s of the wedding. She has, all the while, done everything to transform herself into the perfect bride for our son. Tomorrow, she will take the final steps. She will spend most of the day putting herself together to meet her groom. The last things she will do is to put on the dress. She will be fully prepared. She will be a picture of perfection without spot or blemish. She is so excited and already aglow for her groom. I know that without a doubt Mary Claire is ready, set and will go down the aisle, walking into her eternity with our son.
Are your excited? Are you glowing for your groom? The marriage of the Lamb is coming. Just like Mary Claire and Brayden’s long-awaited day is coming, Jesus is coming for His bride. Invitations have been sent out. Are your prepared for the wedding feast? Have you accepted the invitation and said yes to Christ who loves you and gave Himself up for you, so that He might sanctify, transform and cleanse you by the washing of water with the word? Have you said yes so that God may prepare you to be a perfect bride for His Son, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that you would be holy and blameless? Have you arrayed yourself in the fine linen which is the righteousness of Christ?
It all starts with a yes and a complete surrender to Jesus, but it is does not end there.
I enCOURAGE you to first, say yes. Then get ready, get set and go. Prepare yourself to meet the Groom. Wash yourself in the word. Spend time with the Lord. Get to know Him better. Don’t be caught ill prepared. Don’t be all coy in saying yes, either. The Groom will not wait forever. However, He is patient, kind and all loving. Are you ready for Him? He has been waiting and making preparations for you.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?