For background information relating to the details around the entire wedding scenario, the Church Saints as the Bride of Christ and what the scriptures have to say about this topic, we can glimpse at this post from last summer:
With that background, we realize that we - as believers in the sacrificial death of Jesus as our salvation - we also realize that we are cherished and loved - to the point of being considered as the Bride of Christ Jesus. What a beautiful picture.
But importantly, we have to also realize that the groom is returning for his bride and one would have to assume that the expectation (from Jesus) is that we would have the same excitement and enthusiasm that any bride would have as the wedding date approaches.
Consider what a bride experiences as that date approaches. The wedding is an all consuming passion. The wedding date consumes her thoughts. The life that she will share with her groom predominates her thoughts. In fact, it is hard for her to think about anything else. As that date approaches, most of her thoughts are centered on that approaching date.
Are we doing the same?
After all, we are approaching a date that will place us in the very presence of Jesus Himself and eternity in a place called Heaven.
If that can't consume our thoughts then something is wrong. Very wrong.
Additionally, by focusing on Jesus and the His upcoming return to gather up His bride, as promised, the worries of this world should melt away - because the sheer magnitude of the idea of Jesus appearing to us should completely overshadow anything this earth has to offer - good and bad.
Having said that - I heard a sermon on the radio today that is one of the best I have ever heard on the topic and it is very timely (and biblically correct). This comes from Stephen Davey, the pastor at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina. I highly recommend listening to this sermon as it is both uplifting and encouraging.
The worries of this world? Who cares, we have a date with Jesus.
Financial collapse? Bring it.
War preparations? No problem.
Loss of freedom? Not for long.
Totalitarianism? Jesus will end it forever when He comes back with His bride.
Regardless of what is being planned by the globalist power/control freaks, the politicians, the EU, the U.S., the UN, China, Korea, Russia, radical Islamic terrorists, the persecutors, Christian haters, you name it --- it just doesn't matter. They have no power over Christ Jesus or His plans for His Bride.
It also doesn't matter, because all of that pales in comparison with what awaits us - Jesus coming for His beloved Bride. That is all that matters. Period.
So whatever "they" have in store, they cannot prevent Jesus from coming and they cannot ever change our personal relationship with Jesus. Period.
Eternity awaits us - an eternity with unimaginable glory, beauty, peace, joy, and the presence of Jesus.
Just as the Tribulation approaches like a speeding train, so does the return of Jesus for His Bride.
So let us await this glorious moment as we should. Not concerned about what is happening here on earth - but what is happening in our new home - the place that Jesus is personally preparing for us.
He is coming soon. It's a promise and a guarantee.
See you all soon - very soon - for the most epic celebration and reunion in history.
Maranatha! Our Lord Comes!