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The Bride is Coming!
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You could hear a pin drop. All heads were turned toward the back of the church. At the end of the long, long aisle stood 4-year-old Tommy, dressed in a tuxedo, bell in hand. His determined facial expression showed the importance of the job he had to do. As the cords of the huge pipe organ died down, Tommy began his walk down the aisle. The ringing of the bell accompanied his shouted announcement, “The bride is coming. The bride is coming.” At least that’s how it was supposed to go.

Rehearsal went perfectly, but when faced with the church filled to overflowing with expectant guests, Tommy lost his voice. His bell worked, though, and the ringing announced the beautiful bride.

Her face was radiant and the groom could barely contain his joy at seeing her walking toward him, knowing that in a short time she would be his wife. They’d waited a long time for this moment.

Weddings are organized to revolve around the bride’s appearance. The wedding party marches in ahead of her and turns expectantly toward the back door. As she walks down the aisle, those in attendance turn as she passes. Her father presents her to the groom and they proceed toward the altar. All eyes follow them.

The phrase, “The bride is coming,” brings tears to my eyes and not just because Tommy was supposed to say them and my sweet friend Becki was the bride. I’m touched because those words have a special significance to followers of Jesus.

Bridegroom in Heaven 

There’s a Bridegroom in Heaven waiting to announce "the bride is coming." Jesus is waiting for just the right time to meet his chosen people, his bride, and spend eternity with her. Talk about anticipation. He’s been planning for this event for thousands of years. He’s been waiting for his bride to adorn herself in fine linens. Sometimes, like the 10 virgins in the parable, we get drowsy and stop getting ready but our Bridegroom is patient to a point.

How can we feel insignificant when we realize there’s a wedding feast being prepared and a Bridegroom waiting for us. Even though Shawn and Becki’s wedding was fantastic, it’s nothing compared to when Jesus meets his bride. Can you imagine hearing shouts of heavenly beings announcing, “The Bride is Coming, The Bride is Coming,” and realizing it’s about us?

“Let us rejoice and shout for joy [exulting and triumphant]! Let us celebrate and ascribe to Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb [at last] has come, and His bride has prepared herself" (Revelation 19:7).

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By Dee Reed. Copyright © 2010 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible.

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