A Time of Celebration
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just; for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” Once more they cried out, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.” 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, “Hallelujah! 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. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
Revelation 19:1 – 9
In Revelation 19:1 – 9 we see that when Jesus returns there is a great celebration. All of the saints from all generations gather together to worship Jesus for who he is and what he has done. This grand celebration includes moments of joy-filled worship from a triumphant church that culminates with the marriage supper of the Lamb, where there is eating and drinking and perhaps even a little dancing.
Imagine for a moment what this great day will be like. Imagine gathering together with saints past, present and future. Imagine the diversity in the room. Imagine the sense of reunion as co-laborers with Christ embrace and celebrate the fruit of their labor. Imagine the reconciliation that takes place as Christians who didn’t see eye to eye in this life walk into the wedding feast finally realizing that they were rejoicing in the same salvation all along. Imagine the joy as our unlovable traits fade away, and everything unhappy is undone. Imagine the celebration as the risen bridegroom welcomes his radiant bride into his happiness forever.
Jesus’ second coming will be a day of great joy, so during this week of Advent we are going to learn how to intentionally create moments of celebration. It is important that we do this because each moment of celebration is a rehearsal for the great day when we eat and drink with Jesus.