Topic: Are You Ready?
[DCLM Daily Manna 30 November 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Revelation 19:6-10
Key Verse: “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” – (Revelation 19:7).
A young man who was to return home and be married came sooner than was expected. He did not notify his bride-to-be of the exact time. He desired to please her with a surprise. He loved her devotedly and had worked hard and saved his earnings in order to purchase a home for her. It was about midnight when he arrived but, with a happy heart, he felt he must go by her home. However, when he came near, he saw the house was all lighted up. As he came nearer, he heard music. Still nearer, he saw dancing. Finally looking through the window he saw his bride-to-be in the embrace of another man. His heart sank within him and he went away never to return.
The passage before us focuses on the eventual consummation of the marriage between Christ, the Bridegroom and His espoused wife, the Church. The mood here is that of merriment and rejoicing as the Church is raptured to attend the wedding reception organised for her by Christ.
The marriage ceremony between Christ and the Church cannot proceed without the Bride first making herself ready. When a new queen was to be sought for king Ahasuerus, the chosen maids had to undergo twelve months of purification processes before they could be brought in to see just a mortal king (Esther 2:12). What degree of purification would you imagine would be required to see the King of kings?
As the Church passes through the final phase of this wilderness journey and the days of our rejoicing draw near, let us make ourselves ready and ensure our spiritual garments are clean and white.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Don’t be met with a soiled wedding gown!
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Daniel 6-8