For the past four years, my daughter has been involved in an organization that has instructed high school men and women in the graceful art of ballroom dancing. If a student remains with the organization for the entire four years, there is an end of the year banquet highlighted by a father-daughter or mother-son waltz.
I will join generations of students and their parents who have been honored to participate in this gala event. In preparation, I joined about thirty other fathers whose daughters will also be graduating from high school. It was a pleasant reunion seeing many of the fathers, some of whom I was only casually acquainted through my daughter. As we progressed through the steps of the waltz, I, and many other fathers stumbled through our paces. At the break, we shared our collective travails.
“I’m going to dance next to you!” I playfully nudged of the fathers who, at six foot two, towered over me.
“No!” He laughed. “I’m already going to stand out! I’m so big! Hope I look better in my tuxedo.”
“Black makes everyone look slim!” chimed in another father. “You have nothing to worry about!”
“That’s right!” I laughed. “Besides…you know that no one will really be looking at you. Just like a wedding, everyone is looking at the bride. All eyes will be on your daughter!”
We all nodded and breathed a collective sigh of relief!
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 of 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.”
Revelation 19:6-9 (ESV)
All believers in Jesus Christ are part of His Holy Church on earth. Jesus Christ is the Groom and the Church is His Bride. When Jesus Christ returns to earth to begin His Millennial reign, He will be reunited with His Church. Like a bride in a wedding, all eyes will be upon the Church because we have been made beautiful by being sanctified and cleansed from all our sins through the blood and sacrifice of the Groom, Jesus Christ. Everyone who confesses and repents of their sins and accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be invited to this celestial wedding.
Everyone will be looking at the Bride because of the Groom, Jesus Christ, through His love and sacrifice for all who place their trust in Him.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.