Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'For the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.' Rev 19:7

On Monday this week I was excited to be part of a very happy occasion: the marriage of two of our young people who have been raised in the church. I have known them for many years; we have waited for some time for this wedding and it was a joy seeing them come to be united as one.

It made me consider what it will be like when the marriage of the Lamb is come. I was so happy for the young couple, there was a tear in my eye when the beautiful bride came down the aisle; I have known and loved them for such a long time. What happiness will there be when we are happy for Christ? Haven't many of us known and loved Him for a long time? We will thrill when that day finally arrives. Not only will we be there as an invited guest but we read that the Church will be the bride. We will be joined with Him because He loves us so. It will be a special day for us all - each one included and loved in their own unique way. We will, not only be happy for Him, we will be overjoyed for ourselves and for everyone else who is following after Him. Gone will be the divisions between members in the church and between different denominations. Those of us who truly love Him will be of one mind, one heart and one spirit. If that is not sufficient to bring us joy then think of when we will be made one with Christ in a union that is the happiest of all.

When will this be? When the church has finally made herself ready. When she has taken time to prepare herself, to forgive others so that she may be forgiven and has filled her heart with the holiness and purity that reflects something of the image of Christ.

So let us make ourselves ready. We cannot hurry others, especially those who refuse to be hurried, but we can at least do all within ourselves to be ready for that most amazing, spectacular, wonderful day!

'And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.'
1 John 3:3