There would be a number of reasons why an estimated 2 billion people watched Will and Kate tie the knot. But perhaps the major reason would not even be known by most who did tune in. And that is this: this grand royal wedding with all its pomp and ceremony is only a tiny inkling of a far grander royal wedding which will one day take place.
And that wedding will involve not just two individuals but countless millions of individuals who collectively will wed Christ at the climax of human history. The Bride of Christ is making herself ready, and soon a mega-royal wedding will take place which will make this recent royal event look so very pitiful by comparison.
The King of Kings is preparing his bride, and the ultimate event of history will soon transpire. We read about this in many places in Scripture, especially in Revelation 19:6-9:
“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.’ (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’”
While the love story of this English couple caught the world’s attention, a far greater love story can be found here. Indeed, everyone loves a love story, and the ultimate love story is being played out before our very eyes as we speak. Its culmination will be something to behold.
We would not be amiss in saying that the biblical storyline can easily be explained in terms of a simple love story – a three-part story at that. All good love stories have these three basic components. Any romance novel will feature these three elements.
Their very predictability does not detract from their very enduring popularity and attraction. All these romances have these three core elements:
-boy meets girl
-boy loses girl
-boy wins back girl
As long as a book or poem or film has these three elements – in this order – you have a success on your hands. It is a tried and tested formula. And the reason it is so appealing is because it is based on the greatest love story ever told. The biblical storyline is at its heart a simple three-act play. A love story to be exact.
In the biblical love story, the first act is of course creation. There was no need for God to create, since the three members of the one godhead had an eternal love relationship. They forever enjoyed loving each other in the divine family, the divine community.
But it is the very nature of love to want to share the blessings around. Love seeks always to give. So the triune God freely created us to share the love. And for a short while Adam and Eve enjoyed that wonderful love relationship. It was paradise.
Act Two however introduces a major disruption to that love relationship. For some inexplicable reason the original human pair decided to shake their fist at their creator, and turn their backs on the divine lover. They foolishly thought they could find all good things apart from God.
Sadly every single human being since then has been doing exactly the same thing. The Fall was the result of Adam and Eve’s foolish quest for autonomy, and we all have been making these wrong choices ever since. Indeed, if any one of us were in the place of the first couple, we would have made exactly the same wrong decisions.
But the good news is Act Three, in which the jilted lover does not abandon the beloved, but instead goes on a wild rescue mission. Against all the odds, and seemingly against all reason, God decides that mankind is still worth all the effort, pain, hurt and rejection, and a colossal divine rescue plan is unleashed.
This wooing back of the beloved in fact has two components. The first occurred two thousand years ago at Calvary as God demonstrated his overwhelming love for us, as his only son Jesus Christ died a horrible death on our behalf.
Indeed, Jesus took our place on the cross, freely receiving the punishment which we justly deserved, so that this love relationship could be restored. By taking the punishment for our sins, even though he was free of any sin, he made a way for us to get back to our Creator and our lover.
All those who respond in faith and repentance to this finished work of Christ at Calvary find themselves restored to this love relationship. But the second component of this is still future. The wedding feast of the Lamb is yet to come. But all those who have prepared themselves and made themselves ready will participate in this greatest wedding ever.
Many biblical writers speak to this. Paul for example says in Ephesians 5:25-27: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself for her, to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”
While the story of Will and Kate captured the hearts and attention of many, as great as their love story and marriage was, it really will fade in comparison to this upcoming wedding – the greatest royal wedding ever. And everyone can have this ‘fairytale’ ending to their life, and meet the prince charming of their own dreams.
Jesus already is here, standing with outstretched arms, and nail-scarred hands, inviting every one of us to come, to become part of the Bride of Christ, and attend as the main participant, the most grand and most glorious love story ever told, and be a part of the climactic wedding which crowns human history.
Will you come? Will you be part of this love story? Will you too meet royalty and marry into the royal family? Will you, a mere commoner, become part of the world’s most incredible family, in a wedding which will never be forgotten? The invitations are out. The choice is yours. What will be your response?