Oh, my goodness! I must share with you my latest experience walking through a field of wildflowers. I was given such a beautiful picture of our soon-coming wedding day as the Bride of Christ…
Traditionally, June is considered the most popular month to get married. The wildflower fields are now covered with the Queen Anne’s lace plant. It may be considered an invasive weed to some, but to me I saw a beautiful white wedding dress sprouting from the top of each of these lovely stems.
If we belong to Jesus Christ by putting our faith and trust in Him, we are His bride. He promises to come rescue us from this wicked, broken world at the appointed time. Although we don’t know the exact day or hour, He tells us to be ready when our beloved Bridegroom will appear in all of His majestic glory to take us up to our heavenly Home. It’s our wedding day!
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matthew 24:44
When I think of being ready for Jesus, I envision my wedding dress perfectly white with no spots or marks to be found. I long to have my dress clean at all times, but how can I possibly keep it spotless for Him until that day?
Queen Anne’s lace is said to have been named after Queen Anne of England, an expert lace-maker. As the legend goes, her finger was pricked with a needle and a single drop of blood fell onto the lace, leaving the dark purplish-red floret found in the flower’s center.
I can’t help but think it was not merely coincidence that the Creator made Queen Anne’s lace with this extra special characteristic. It is a beautiful reminder that only by Jesus’ shed blood can we keep our wedding dress clean. We can never do it on our own. If we think we have anything at all to do with keeping it clean, we are filled with pride, believing in our own self-sufficiency.
Just before Jesus died on the cross, He said, “It is finished.” This phrase is the English translation of the Greek word tetelestai which comes from the verb teleo meaning “to bring to an end, to complete, to accomplish.”
Jesus completed it all for us on the cross taking every ounce of the guilt, shame, and penalty for our sin so we could be presented as pure and righteous before Him the moment we believe in Him as our Savior.
But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. Romans 4:5
As His bride, our desire is to ready ourselves for our Bridegroom by living in a way that we know is pleasing to Him according to God’s Word. The wedding dress is our heart of love for Him. A cleansed heart on the inside shines through beautifully on the outside.
No matter what we have done to grieve God in our sin, He sees His cherished bride standing before Him in her spotless, elegant wedding dress that has been kept perfectly white for her loving Bridegroom until that glorious day when she will see Him face to face.
I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10
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