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God... Unexpected: Groom

Reconnect – May 30, 2010

 

Text: Revelation 19:6-8, 21:1-6; Ephesians 5:25-27

Key Thought:  God is working to make everything perfect, including us, so that one day we can be fully connected with Him.

 

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared.  And the sea was also gone.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people!  He will live with them, and they will be his people.  God himself will be with them.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.  All these things are gone forever.”  Revelation 21:1-4, NLT
 

Pre-Intro: Wedding March (song)

Intro: Everyone loves a wedding?!?!?

  • It’s almost June, and that means that wedding season is nearly upon us
  • Frantic preparations – venues booked, people lined up, invitations sent, flowers ordered, all kinds of good stuff
  • Everyone loves a wedding – the bride’s “big day” -
  • Give me some words to describe “groom” (nervous, useless, etc.) – or, what does that make you think of?  What are grooms like on their wedding day?
  • The idea that the big day is “the bride’s day” – like there’s only one person in the relationship – or, that this is the bride’s consolation for a lifetime of disappointment with their husband – at least they have one day just for them to start the whole fiasco off

 

Read Text: Revelation 19, 21: (go through it)

Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:

 

“Praise the Lord!

For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

Let us be glad and rejoice,

And let us give honour to him.

For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,

And his bride has prepared herself.

She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”

For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people...

 

 

 

 

 

Groom – waiting

  • For us to do/become what we were meant to be
  • God the groom (in Jesus) is waiting, waiting for us to be ready (the church is the bride of Christ), but more than that, waiting for us to fulfill ourselves in doing good and changing the world
  • John the Baptist, the best man – “He must become greater, I must become less” – if you’re going to be a friend of the groom, this has to be your attitude for a successful wedding day

 

 

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared.  And the sea was also gone.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 

 

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people!  He will live with them, and they will be his people.  God himself will be with them.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.  All these things are gone forever.”

 

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!”  And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”  And he also said, “It is finished!  I am the Alpha and the Omega – the Beginning and the End.  To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.

 

Groom – working

  • God the groom is working – working to make us everything that we need to be, making sure that every detail is looked after so that we can live “happily ever after” one day, working to make all things new
  • Wedding day – the day that everything is supposed to change – that idea has taken a beating in recent years – where not much might change from either the day before, or the day after, or even in a person’s life – and there’s been a lot of heartbreak along with that, maybe as a result, maybe just alongside it
  • Do I have any wedding stories?  Our wedding video?  (Stuff grooms do...) – nervous ones... me trying to play “Beautiful in My Eyes” from Joshua Kadison

 

Revelation 19:6-8, 21:1-6, NLT  

 

Bridezilla?  The Church?

ll. – “Bridezilla” – the church?  (when a bride loses sight of the marriage and her future and who she is, for the sake of the expectations she feels over the wedding day – Bridezilla church?)

  • Her own agenda, her own desires – she becomes bigger than the marriage, the point of it all – she loses her way and misses the point

 

 

Grooms – watching

  • Ill. – looking at the face of the groom – who’s looking where when she comes down the aisle?
  • Moore’s commercial – “she’s looking at you”
  • I look at the groom’s face

 

 

I need to key in on this for the work of Jesus – making us clean and holy, preparing us for our wedding, our big day – and waiting for the right time for us, too

 

 

The bigger idea is that God’s desire is to be with us forever – oen day we will be completely changed, a brancd new life past this one (like a wedding is the start of a new and better life), and that His desire is for us to be perfectly ready for that day.  Everyone is watching and waiting.  After all... wveryone loves a wedding...?!?

 

Working together with God to make preparations:

Ill – the big bridal sale in New York City at Filene’s – “the running of the brides” – brides and grooms working together

 

Key Thought:

God is working to make everything perfect, including us,

so that one day we can be fully connected with Him.

You husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church.  He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God’s word.  He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish.  Instead, she will be holy and without fault.   Ephesians 5:25-27, NLT

 

Conclusion:

Billy Idol: “It’s a nice day for a white wedding.  It’s a nice day to start again” (“White Wedding”)

 

Soap opera weddings – we all know what’s going to happen – it’s all drama and uncertainty and excitement – and if it’s only the first time the couple has tried to get married, then you know it’s not going to happen – it’s going to end in accusations or a kidnapping or a fistfight or in someone not showing up or in the revelation that the bride and groom are actually brother and sister

  • But this wedding is on, no matter what – it’s just a question of time – and we can be a part of it
  • Wedding – a brand new day – the forgiveness of Christ – His enduring love – marriages fail and weddings don’t go, but Jesus is forever – He will always take us in

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