Thought for the month – June 2018

Royal Celebrations

Last month the world was presented with a spectacular event. On Saturday 19 May 2018, attention was focused on the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which was held in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. On the morning of the wedding it was announced that the Queen had conferred a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. Consequently, Prince Harry is His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle has become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. After the wedding ceremony, they commenced a procession in the Ascot Landau carriage pulled by two Windsor Grey horses.

This reminded me of a far more stunning sequence of Royal events that will occur in the future, but the precise timing has not been revealed. The first event is the marriage of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) to his wife, the Church (all real Christians). A marriage supper is then prepared to celebrate this occasion[1]. Prior to all this, the Lord Jesus will have rescued Christians away from the impending 7-year Tribulation on earth[2]. We are not granted a Dukedom, but are made “unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:10). Jesus Christ will be established as the King of Kings, universally seen returning from heaven to the Mount Olivet[3] in Israel. He is established as the victorious Sovereign to reign on earth for 1,000 years from Jerusalem, and we will reign with Him. He will arrive riding a white horse, and his entourage will be armies on white horses. All His enemies (those who do not accept Him as Lord and Saviour) will be instantaneously defeated by Him[4]. The apostle Paul informs Christians “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:4).

The apostle John is the only New Testament writer to use the Lord Jesus’ title “the Lamb”, firstly reporting Him being announced by John the Baptist as “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). The Lord Jesus is the sacrifice and His blood, which was shed when He died on the cross, secures our freedom from the penalty and power of sin.[5] Emphasising the importance of faith, the apostle Paul refers to Jesus Christ as the One “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Ephesians 1:13). Have you trusted the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Saviour? If so, you can look forward with great anticipation to the marriage of the Lamb celebrations and those ensuing glorious and victorious events. If not, only judgement awaits. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Therefore “being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” (Romans 5:8, 9).

Michael Sparkes (Committee member & Junior Camp Support worker)

[1] Revelation 19:6-9

[2] 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16-17

[3] Revelation 1:7;  Zechariah 14:4

[4] Revelation 19:11-21

[5] 1 Peter 1:18-19; Ephesians 1:7