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The wedding tomorrow of Harry & Meghan provokes many reactions – curmudgeonly comments from the more republican, excited gushings from the more royalist. The narrative we’re meant to hear is that of romantic love: the prince has found his princess, and (hopefully) they all live happily ever after.

Harry & Meghan represent a very modern shape of love though. She previously married, both from broken homes, both with previous romantic entanglements hiding in the background. There is a lot of complexity being brought into this marriage, as is the case for so many marriages. But the narrative is that love conquers all: the prince has found his princess, and (hopefully) they all live happily ever after.

Those of us who are Christians hold that the model for marriage is that between Christ and his church. It is the hope that no matter how complicated or messy our own histories we will be swept up into the bride of Christ as those who are made without stain or wrinkle, or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Our husband has not previously played the field or broken other hearts, but gave himself up for us, wholly and perfectly.

In a sermon on the wedding supper of the Lamb, Charles Spurgeon had this to say:

Now, because Christ was the Lamb, suffering for sin, and because He delights to remember that He was our sacrifice, therefore He is seen in that capacity in the day of the gladness of His heart. He links the memory of His grief with the manifestation of His glory—and as He was a Lamb to redeem His Church, so does He appear as a Lamb in the marriage supper of His glory! One reason why He does this is because He is especially glorious in the character of the Lamb of God. I cannot conceive of our Lord Jesus Christ as ever being less than infinitely glorious, but, dear friends, if there is ever a time when we can appreciate the splendor of His character more fully than at other times, it is when He is on the cross—when He dies, “the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” Tell me not of all the glory which surrounds Him now in the midst of the throne—I cannot conceive any glory exceeding in brightness the glory of His self-denial, the glory of His taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and being found in fashion as a man, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. The glory of men consists in what they are prepared to suffer for others. The glory of a king must lie, not in the crowns he wears, but in what he does for his subjects—and Christ’s glory is most seen in His sacrifice for sinners!

I know that I am speaking to many who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb and I want you, my dear hearers, to enjoy yourselves, for you have a prospect which blesses you even now. If you are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb, the text says that you are blessed and truly blessed you are! “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” If you had an invitation to see the Queen, tomorrow, some of you who are wonderfully loyal would think a great deal of it, and you would be saying to yourselves, “Well, we are going home tonight to a very narrow room in a very poor cottage, but we have something great in prospect tomorrow!” And oh, think of this, you who are poor, you who are pained, you who are very weak, you who are cast down—within a short time your eyes “shall see the King in His beauty and the land that is very far off.” It may be only a few days, or weeks, or months—certainly only a few years at most—and we shall all share the glory that awaits the Church. And the glory of our dear Lord who loved us, and gave Himself for us, will be ours, and ours forever.

I’m sure all readers of Think are generous, even if not royalist, and would want to wish Harry & Meghan well. But how much greater a prospect is the wedding of the Lamb! That will be a wedding royal indeed!

 

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