Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Don't You want to Know What A Real Relationship Is?

The highlight of the Book of Revelation can easily be found in Chapter 19. It is the reason for all the hard work Jesus had to endure to bring you and I to salvation through Christ. Almost every single person alive, knows what a wedding looks like. Perhaps they have been part of one, had one of their own or been an invited guest to one. God puts such an emphasis on our relationship with Him, He refers to it as a wedding. This is the very reason Jesus died on the cross. This is the future if you're a believer. We don't refer to this kind of marriage as a trapping.

In fact the very gown of the bride is the righteous acts of the saints. She (the church) is getting ready to marry her bridegroom (Christ) forever. Jesus is delighted in our salvation, and this is divine heavenly anticipation. This is His reward of His passion.

The anticipation in any wedding is when the couple will say their "I dos!" Most of the time it is the husband who jumps the gun before the pastor can even finish the vows before He says "I do!" The bride on the other hand manages to stay composed during it all. He can hardly wait!

This part of our study is all about the future as a believer and if you are not a believer in Christ, what are you looking forward to in your future?

In verses 6-10, is found the reason why Jesus Christ came to earth and went to the cross. He went to the cross, knowing what was coming, our redemption through His suffering.

Hebrews 12:2 ~ "looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."

Makes you wonder what did Jesus get out of the passion of the Christ...the answer is as awesome as His suffering, and resurrection - it is that He has been given you as a reward! As must as we want to be in heaven with God, He wants us more! Jesus bought the ticket for us to get there.

Revelation 19:6-10 ~ "Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage fo the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure" - for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are the true words of God." Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

The setting is heaven and the event is a wedding. Ask yourself if you can say I do to any of these things:

Don't you want to know what a real relationship is? "Will you take this man?"

Everyone of us does! Knowing what a real relationship looks and feels like! God is telling you that He wants you to personally to be there! God desires for us to be glad.

Revelation 19:7a ~ "Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory..." 

To understand the meaning of glad, we go to the Greek meaning of chairo - which means a deep cheerfulness; an overriding sense of contentment of heart; immovable.

John wants us to run to this wedding! Marriage man's way is a wreck, but marriage God's way is a blessing! God always wins in the end, no matter how far you try and run and hide from Him! Weddings are a time to be glad and full of joy! But did you realize that a crowd in both a wedding and a funeral look the same. You can copy and paste them. Why? Because they are all done wrong!

God desires us to be rejoicing!

Revelation 19:7a ~ "Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory..." 

Again let's look at the word in the Greek and we find agalliao, which means to jump for joy, to be exultant, with exceeding great and overwhelming joy; to be fully engulfed. Sound like you at any wedding? How about church?  Why? We are too refined in this culture and generation. We will be Pentecostal in heaven, trust me! We won't be ashamed or held back by anything or what anyone thinks because it will all be for God's glory and honor.

More on that tomorrow!

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