Easter Sunday – The King Is Coming, A Wedding Song
Introduction: There are many biblical metaphors that illustrate our relationship with God: a temple, a body, a family, an army, a Kingdom …
Big Idea: A wedding is a beautiful metaphor for the partnership that Father God has planned for our future. The Easter story is the pivotal chapter in the big story of God’s plan to prepare a bride for King Jesus.
The story begins with Father God choosing a bride.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light;
1 Peter 2:9 NASB
Then comes the engagement.
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 26:26-28 NASB
The groom willingly sacrifices himself for his bride.
This is the Easter Story!
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. Ephesians 5:25-28a NASB
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Ephesians 5:1-2 NASB
Then the groom prepares a home for them to share after the wedding
Believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:1c-3 ESV
The wedding day will come as a surprise
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. … so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 NASB
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NASB
Then comes the wedding celebration.
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:7-8 NASB
Psalm 45 is a Messianic song that announces the entry of the King. It’s time for the wedding. Weddings in Israel were a fun, surprise. The Bride and her bridesmaids were giddy with excitement as the trumpet blew and the Groom appeared to take her to their wedding and then to the home he’d been preparing.
My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; My tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
You are the most handsome of the sons of men; Grace is poured upon your lips; Therefore God has blessed you forever.
Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, In your splendour and majesty! In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; Let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; The peoples fall under you. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The sceptre of your kingdom is a sceptre of uprightness; you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
daughters of kings are among your ladies of honour;
At your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:
Forget your people and your father’s house, and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him.
The people of Tyre will seek your favour with gifts, the richest of the people.
All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
In many-coloured robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions following behind.
With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.
In place of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.
I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore nations will praise you forever and ever
Psalms 45:1-17 ESV
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