Updated: Mar 29
Ah, weddings! Who doesn't love a beautiful wedding? The celebration of love... the union of two souls becoming one... the vows to forsake all for one another. The cake, the décor, the glitz, the glamor! The beautiful bride, the handsome groom, the well put-together bridesmaids and groomsmen. The cute little flower girls and the adorable ring bearers. The love in the air accompanied by good music, dancing, fun, food, and laughter.
What other event embodies all of these characteristics? Baby showers are great but there are no vows exchanged. It lacks a spiritual component. Graduations are nice but where's the glitz and glamor? Birthday bashes are filled with dancing and there's always cake, but what about the celebration of love?
Weddings uniquely combine the best of all celebratory events into one sacred ceremony. So if you were invited to a wedding, wouldn't you go? Some of you may not depending on whose wedding you've been invited to. But if a king invited you to his son's wedding, would you not go? The anticipation of witnessing the beauty the of the wedding surely would be enough to pique your interest.
Just imagine how stunning the bride would be adorned in the most elegant apparel. Imagine how handsome and debonair the prince would be. Imagine the décor... the ambience ... the cake! Surely you would come if only just to view the royal wedding cake. Oh, and the food! Certainly, you would have to partake in food prepared for a king, prince, and soon-to-be princess.
And yet, there would still be those who were invited to the most extravagant wedding of the century and refuse to come. Assuming their schedule was free and there were no other hindrances from their attendance, why would they not come? It just doesn't add up...
and this is exactly what is happening right now. So many souls are refusing to plan to be in attendance at the most extravagant event of all time: Heaven.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. (Matthew 22:2-3)
The beauty of heaven cannot be conceived by our limited imaginations. 1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor has it entered into the hearts of man what God has prepared for those who love Him. But God did give John a vision in an attempt to explain heaven's beauty to us. Though it will be far better than what is described, we can find its description in Revelations.
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. (Revelations 21:18-25)
Can you imagine it? I mean... technically... no, you can't imagine it. It's far too great for us to imagine it. But just think about how grand it will be if this is an unjust description! There is nothing on earth that can describe that heavenly residence. Yet, the most precious jewels earth has to offer are listed as mere paint on the walls in heaven.
So, why would anyone miss this event? Why wouldn't you be in attendance at this royal celebration? God has invited us to heaven through His Son, Jesus Christ. This isn't a normal celebratory event. This event is sacred, it is holy, it is divinely beautiful. So why wouldn't you come? Salvation is offered to us freely. Christ stands with His arms open wide, waiting for us to accept His invitation. He wants us to come to His home in heaven... but we have to come on our own accord.
I will leave you with this. If you want to know more about the King of Kings and the Prince of Peace, read the bible (Old Testament and New Testament alike). If you want more details on heaven, read Revelation 21 and 22. When this life is over, readers and doers of the Word will finally be united in holy matrimony with our Father who is in heaven. But in the meantime, keep in mind that you have been cordially invited to the most beautiful event of all time.
The King has sent you an invitation, are you coming?
*It was revealed to me that 1 Corinthians 2:9 was taken out of context. Please forgive my error. This verse is not speaking of heaven, rather it is past tense reference to the mystery of Christ. Eyes and ears hadn't at the times seen or heard of the mystery of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:9 is simply a reference to what was written in the Old Testament (Isaiah 64). Currently, eyes have seen and ears have heard the mystery of Christ, which is revealed unto us by His Spirit.
*However, it is nonetheless hard for us to completely imagine the reality of heaven considering it is a glorious place that we have yet to see. We can only imagine heaven based off what we read in scripture. I believe we are indeed unable to comprehend the reality of living in heaven with God; however, that particular verse does not support that claim.