Are we looking for the Bridegroom?
It occurred to me a few days ago how important it is for us to live everyday as if the bridegroom is coming back any day, any hour.
The bride is the church and the bridegroom is Christ. We know Revelation describes the seven churches and their condition. I don’t pretend to tell you I understand all of that book of the Bible. Over the years I have heard it preached or taught in many ways, but there is one conclusion I have come to for myself, I want to be ready to go to heaven when Christ returns for his bride.
Some very important scriptures for us are I Thess. 4:16-17, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with a voice of the archangel and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we be with the Lord.”
Some key words in verse 17 are , “we which are alive.” This doesn’t just mean we who are still breathing. It all means those who are alive and doing the things Christ would have them do. Kingdom work I call it, or being about the father’s business.
There are so many today who are caught up in cares of life. Some people ate constantly making decisions to try and have more power and wealth, but they are leaving God out or putting him on the back burner. We can’t be alive in Christ if we are weighted down trying to fix everything or solve problems without his divine guidance. We often need divine intervention. This will certainly help us to be prepared to meet the bridegroom.
There is a powerful lesson in Matthew 25: 1-8, “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto 10 virgins which took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom, and five of them were wise and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamp. While the bridegroom tarried they all slumbered and slept and at midnight there was a cry made, behold, the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him. Then all the virgins arose and trimmed their lamps and the foolish said unto the wise give us of your oil for our lamps have gone out.”
Verse 10 says while they went to buy oil the bridegroom came and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage and the door was shut.
When we are expecting company we try to have everything in order and be prepared to meet them.
Christ is coming back for his bride, the church. Will we be found looking for his coming, or will we tell him we need time to prepare?
Once the rapture has taken place, once we are caught up to meet him in the air, the door will be shut. It would be in our best interest to be looking always for the bridegroom.