Our neighbors “across the pond” are all astir with the royal wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine (Kate) Middleton this Friday, April 29. (The lady in my house already has the DVR set!) Americans have nothing that equals the weddings of British royalty.
The setting is stunning. London’s famed Westminster Abbey is one of the most glorious churches in the world. The beauty of the place is absolutely breathtaking. Buried beneath the floors of Westminster are some of the most important people in history. (You have to wonder how Kate feels about getting married in a cemetery.)
The invitation list is exclusive. Around 1,900 people have been invited to the service at Westminster Abbey. Around 650 people have been invited to the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace given by The Queen. Around 300 people have been invited to the dinner at Buckingham Palace given by The Prince of Wales. The invitations were posted in February. (Surely mine was lost in the mail!)
The cost is enormous. While it isn’t polite to ask or tell what a wedding costs, the number crunchers estimate William and Kate’s little event will cost somewhere between £10 and £40 million … roughly $16 million to $64 million. Prince William’s royal family will pick up the tab. (And fathers of brides around the world weep with envy.)
The preparations are lavish. It will take up to 50 hours to polish each of the pairs of boots that will be worn by the mounted soldiers escorting Prince William and Kate Middleton through London after their marriage. The wedding cake has been under construction for two months. Get this: it’s a multi-tiered traditional fruitcake. Fruitcake!?
No doubt, the event will be a grand occasion.
I could go on and on. There’s no end to the details that are going into this wedding that, no doubt, will still be talked about a hundred years from now.
Americans may have no equal to the royal weddings of Britain. But the royal weddings of Britain, as grand as they are, are merely a child’s pretend dress-up game compared to the glorious Wedding Feast of the Lamb described for us in Revelation 19. The Apostle John reports:
“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear’” (Revelation 19:6-8).
The setting is stunning. No earthly cathedral compares to the beauty of the Throne Room of the King of Glory. God’s glory radiates throughout heaven. His excellencies are reflected in every feature of His eternal dwelling. He has graciously prepared it for His Bride.
The invitation list is exclusive. John goes on to tell us that an angel told him, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” (Revelation 19:9). Those invited guests are not there because of their rank or station in this life. They have no pedigree or credentials of this world that make them worthy to be invited. They are each and every one called graciously through the kind mercy of the Father in heaven. Every one present will marvel, “I’m not worthy to be here.”
The cost is enormous. This is the wedding feast of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. This reminds us of the overwhelming price God paid to wed His Son to the Church. The Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of the world. Every blessing of heaven is prepared for the Bride through the precious blood of the Lamb.
The preparations are lavish. Jesus told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them in heaven. The glories of heaven show off the awesome power of God to make all things new. But the Father and His Son are not the only ones making preparations. “The wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7). She is beautifully attired in the righteousness of Christ and the acts that reflect that righteousness. Her radiant beauty reflects the radiance of the Son, like the moon reflects the light of the sun.
So here comes the Bride. Church, this is our splendid destiny. Every wedding we attend or view should cause us to look forward to the day when our union with our Savior will be magnificently complete.