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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 18, 2018

The Bride

Meghan Markle will join the royal family tomorrow by becoming the bride of a royal groom. In a similar fashion, Christians join God’s royal family when we become the “bride” of the Son of God through faith in him (Revelation 19:7; 21:2).

After the wedding, the royal couple will make their iconic balcony appearance before the crowds and cameras. We will stand with our Groom as well: “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:4).

There’s something in us that knows we’re children of the King, to be united one day in his mansion with our royal family (Revelation 21:1–5). When we watch the royal wedding tomorrow, we’ll witness a fleeting glimpse of our future.

“Invite to the wedding feast as many as you find”

As previous royal divorces show, marrying Prince Harry does not guarantee that Meghan Markle will remain a member of the royal family for life. By contrast, when you became the child of God, you entered his royal family for eternity (John 10:28; Ephesians 4:30).

Three results follow.

One: This world is no longer your home.

C. S. Lewis: “Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.” The fact is, you’re living on foreign soil (1 John 5:19). The more you serve your King, the more you should expect persecution from his enemies (2 Timothy 3:12).

Two: Your Groom loves you passionately and unconditionally.

The next time you wonder how Jesus feels about you, read Romans 8:35–39. Nothing you do or experience today will change his love for you.

Three: You’re invited to invite others into the family.

Heaven is like “a king who gave a wedding feast for his son” (Matthew 22:2). Your King wants you to “invite to the wedding feast as many as you find” (v. 9).

Max Lucado: “Those in the circle of Christ had no doubt of his love; those in our circles should have no doubt about ours.”

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