“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure’—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.”
“The creation of the world seems to have been especially for this end, that the eternal Son of God might obtain a spouse towards whom he might fully exercise the infinite benevolence of his nature, and to whom he might, as it were, open and pour forth all that immense fountain of condescension, love, and grace that was in his heart, and that in this way God might be glorified.”– Jonathan Edwards, “The Church’s Marriage to Her Sons, and to Her God”
“Although the Church had perished, he [the Psalmist] was persuaded that God by his wonderful power would make her rise again from death to renovated life. This is a remarkable passage showing that the Church is not always so preserved as to appear to survive externally, but that when she seems to be dead she is suddenly created anew, whenever it so pleases God. Let no desolation, therefore, which befalls the Church deprive us of the hope that as God once created the world out of nothing so it is his proper work to bring forth the Church from the darkness of death.”
- As Christians that make up the Bride of Christ, it means that Jesus is ravished by us. The one who upholds the universe by the word of his power, the one who defeated sin, death, and Satan, the Savior of the world, the King of kings can hardly contain his affections for you.
- This gives us confidence and freedom to live with a reckless abandon to spread the Gospel for the salvation of sinners and the fame of God’s name.
- This glorious truth allows us to not have to be caught up in a panic attack with every issue that seems to threaten us as the Church. No matter the Supreme Court rulings, cultural shifts, or law changes, all is not lost. If we lose hope, that may reveal an idolatry on our part where we’re putting more of our trust in politicians and political happenings rather than Jesus and his promised and certain victory.
- The political leaders and structures that rule our world will not endure. Jesus will rule them with a rod of iron (Revelation 19:15), but the Church will endure. Don’t cling to hope in politicians and governments that are temporary. Cling to Christ who will rule forevermore.
Regardless of what happens in culture and in life, cling to the fact that in the end Jesus wins. And because Jesus wins, the Church wins.