ADORNING THE BRIDE AT GREAT COST

By Dee Wieninger
 
The Bell Ringer Dress
 
 

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear."  (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God's holy people.) (Revelation 19:7, 8 NIV)


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Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you.  As surely as I live," declares the Lord, "you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride. (Isaiah 49:18 NIV)

 

                         


The goal; to be the most beautiful bride ever! Shopping for a gown and accessories is definitely a joy but it can be stressful too! Looking at the prices of wedding gowns is what started my quandary of "Why do we do this?" Why do we spend exorbitant amounts of money to dress up like Cinderella just to say I do?Immediately the Lord reminded me of His Bride...the church! It cost the greatest price ever! It cost him His Son! Numerous times throughout His Word God speaks of the bride making herself ready. What does this mean? Why this comparison? Can the death of His Son be compared to an earthly garment! Through Christ, God adorns His church. When we come to Christ God cleanses us from all unrighteousness making us spotless, white as snow, as a bride adorned in her gown of white and shimmering jewels. The bride wants to be the most beautiful she can be for her groom and the church should do no less! Only through Christ do we receive the wardrobe necessary to present the beautiful church-bride to God the Father!

Oh! I'd like to share one more thought while we're on this subject! When have you ever gone to a wedding and just before the beautiful bride comes down the isle the minister says, "With every head bowed and every eye closed let the bride come forward?" No, the minister invites us to stand and we all turn to see the bride. Everyone delights in this part! We gasp and smile in delight as she is brought to her groom! Why don't we treat new confessing Christians this way? Why do we set them up to feel embarrassed by asking all those in attendance to close their eyes and not see them make their lifelong commitment to our Heavenly Father! We should stand and rejoice with them as they come to make their pledge! Where did we ever get the idea that this conversion was to be done in secret? As amazing and awesome and horrendous and gruesome as Christ's act of obedience and love was, our Lord and Savior died publicly for all to see, not privately or in secret. Shouldn't our confession of faith in what He did for us be made public for all to know and see as well? Shame on us for thinking for one second that making our committed pledge to our Lord is something in which to feel embarrassed! When the bride comes down the isle I want a good seat so I can see her in all her beauty and when a new brother or sister in the Lord comes down the isle I want to see them in all their joy!


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 honor 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.) Revelation 19:6-8
 
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61: 10


                                                                               

Pictures by Dee Wieninger, By Faith Ministries
CF - Corrine Frances Photography
All scriptures are taken from the NIV® Copyright 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ®
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