We continue our reading – and meditation – on the visions John received and recorded in the book of Revelation. The scenes, largely in symbol, picture God’s judgements on a godless world – but, at the same time – his blessings on those who truly follow “the Lamb” – as our Lord Jesus is described.
A voice comes “from the throne … saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.” [19 v.5] Is there significance in the “small” being mentioned first? John then hears “what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude” [v.6]] And what a multitude there will surely be of resurrected ones who have committed their lives to Christ over the last 1,985 years (or thereabouts) since he made his sacrifice for them.
These are described as “his bride.” The words of verse 8 invite – nay, demand – that we give them our deepest meditation; ” ‘it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure’— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.”
The next verse tells us, these are “Blessed” and “are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” The angels then adds, “these are the true words of God.”
We reflect to on what we have been reading in Job, the resurrection will embrace more than those who are lived since the teaching of Christ. Job declared, ” For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” [19 v.25] We also remember the teaching of Jesus, ” I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom …” [Matt. 8 v.11]
In whatever time remains until it is clearly evident God is judging our godless world (and how awesome that judgement will be!) let us, who believe we are, by his grace, members of “the Bride” redouble our efforts to make ourselves “ready” and so, by his grace, be spiritually clothed with “fine linen, bright and pure’“