Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Ultimate Wedding Feast

By Kristen Leigh Evensen
I had the weekend of a lifetime.

What made it so wonderful? I would love to say that it was the gorgeous, Texan country setting, the every-detail-in-place wedding schedule, the breathtaking beauty of the bride, the hilarity ensuing on the dance floor, and the delectable meals served all day. But I would be leaving out the one thing that made all these factors worthwhile: family. Loads of family. Piles and miles and decibels of family. All loving on one another and celebrating the union of two beloved people (the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Matt Grevers!).

I wanted to take a snapshot of the beauty of this community over and over again, hoping never to forget it (I have added some photos throughout this post!). Numerous moments made my heart swell with joy--not just because of the funny stories, the memories reflected in various viewpoints, or the sweet embraces from dear aunts, uncles and cousins, but because I realized that all of this is a mere glimpse, a minuscule speck, of the glorious wonder and joy that will be ours someday at the feast of the Lamb in eternity. A constant, divine party!

So today's post reflects some take-aways from the weekend that I think reflect Christ's purpose in coming to save us, as well as our purpose as His children.

First, this is the verse that was brought to my mind when I considered Christ's goodness and sacrifice:

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:12-14 KJV)

Five "take-aways" from the wedding weekend:

ONE: Because the Word became flesh, we know glory, who is full of grace and truth. Christ, Himself, was and is that glory! He came to reflect perfectly the Father, and to relay the Father's plan for redeeming the world. It is because the Word became flesh that we are able to celebrate in joy and freedom the way that we do...and we get a glimpse of this celebration in times such as wedding bashes!

TWO: As for us, as those redeemed by Christ, knowing Jesus changes the very purpose of our living. We now live for His glory, and not our own. We live with a perspective that puts Christ at the center of everything, one that knows the ending to Jesus' story of redemption--a wedding feast! Earthly celebrations are nothing compared to the joy that is to come.

THREE: We are salt and light to a depraved generation. From the most daily of tasks and interactions, to the most ornate ceremonies, we have constant opportunity to speak the name of Jesus Christ with grace and love. What are some ways you can speak with bold love about Christ's purpose of redemption?

FOUR: We live not for what is seen, but for what is unseen. The power and bond of the marriage covenant is something very easily diminished in today's culture. But the tangible wedding is a mere symbol of a vow between God and spouses--part of a bigger picture. What else in your life is actually part of God's big picture, the unseen eternal glory?

FIVE: We inwardly groan for our eternal future, the ultimate wedding feast, when Christ will reconcile all things unto Himself. The picture of family and friends feasting, laughing, and celebrating together--and the desire for more of it--is a representation of what God intends after the second coming of Christ and into eternity. We were made for another world!

So what truths is Jesus asking you to see today about His purpose and your own? What about Himself is He revealing to you? May you be blessed as you consider God's bigger picture and anticipate the most magnificent wedding ever!

Lord Jesus, Your glory is what we seek! Thank you for suffering for our sake, so that we can be part of your Kingdom forever. May we celebrate these truths in our hearts and minds today as we prepare for the ultimate wedding feast.


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