Yesterday, the world watched as another royal wedding took place in England. The younger son of the late Princess Diana, whose wedding also captured the world in 1981, was celebrated by millions. Each detail of the wedding was discussed on cable networks. Details such as how many quests were invited, celebrity guests in attendance, what the bride and groom wore, who made the dress, how many flowers were used, where the reception would be held, what was on the menu. People wanted to know every detail of this magnificent event. Those who were invited and accepted the invitation were able to witness this firsthand inside the chapel. And thousands lined the streets outside to get a glimpse of the historic event.
Months planning went into the details of this wedding. From the typical decisions of bridal attire to the intricate details of security, no item was overlooked. The cake represented both Britain and American tastes and boasted of fresh flowers that were added just at the right time in order to keep their beauty vibrant. No doubt the Queen had to be involved in some of the planning due to her understanding of the importance of their family lineage. And this American bride probably had her homework to do in order to be prepared to step into the role of a Royal. She is preparing to give up the way of life she has previously known.
Both bride and groom prepared for this historic day with anticipation. Each with their own tasks to accomplish. For the bride, no doubt her biggest goal was preparing herself for that moment when she would walk in the door and her groom’s gaze would be fixed on her. She would have wanted to shine in beauty and strength, allowing her eyes to shine with the love she had for her groom.
In the week to come, people will still be talking about this wedding. Friends will be asking each other, “Did you watch the wedding?” There will be no need to mention which wedding as the images of Prince Harry’s wedding will be foremost on everyone’s mind.
Prince Harry’s wedding made history. Not just because the Prince is a male descendant within Buckingham Palace. That alone made it unique. But what stood out even more with this wedding was the breaking of traditions which had been in place for centuries. Harry married an American. His bride is not only American and thus not of a royal or European title, she is a divorced American actress of biracial birth. And she brought that culture into the ceremony. This British royal wedding had an American minister who brought a fiery message about the love of Jesus. And let’s not forget about the African American choir singing joyously. All of this and more has marked this wedding as a remarkable event on many levels. According to tradition, Megan Markle should never have stepped foot inside St. George’s chapel on May 19, 2018. But there was a Prince who had a deep enough love for her who chose to break traditional boundaries in order to have the one he loved accepted into his world. He gave a token of his love to his bride, a ring made of jewels from his own royal mom’s collection. His bride accepted that token with joy and love shinning through her eyes!
There is another royal wedding coming. It will also capture the attention of the world. And like Megan Markle, the bride should not be able to enter into this ceremony. Much planning is going into the wedding. Every detail is being worked out. And the Head of the Family is the One giving the final approval.
Who is this Bride? Me. And hopefully, You. The Groom is Jesus. The Family line is Holy. No Bride can enter into this marriage without being holy. No bride is worthy of this holiness. Yet Jesus’ love was so great, He chose to break the wall between His Father’s holy throne and the human race that is born into sin. His token of love He has already offered – His death on a cross. He bled for me to be accepted into His Father’s world.
All of humanity will be watching this wedding, yet not all will be guests inside the ceremony. For some, they will always remain outside the royal, heavenly home. They will watch from a place heated with a tormenting separation from all that is holy. Why? Because they refused the invitation – Jesus and His cross.
There is coming a wedding day. One that will outshine all others. One that will bring a joy no human has ever known. I AM THAT ROYAL BRIDE! I AM MARRYING THE KING OF ALL KINGS! My goal is to learn all I can to make my heart and my life ready for the day I will be dressed in His glory to be His Bride. I choose to give up my previous way of life and prepare to rule with my King! I am preparing for that day! How about you?
Accept His expression of love today. Let’s get ready for our own eternal Royal Wedding!