I was contemplating a situation that has very recently unfold before me, so here is a concept of what usually develops around this type of event. He “Proposed” and she delightedly accepted as their relationship was rock solid and they wished to advance it to a higher level, so her finger now sports a most delightful, and personalized, “Diamond Engagement Ring,” which is a clear sign of her allegiance to the one and only chap, the “Love of her Life,” and of his total commitment to her.
What she had eagerly anticipated and looked forwards to was now history, and she gladly shows it off to all in her circle of contacts, this evidence of the love of her man. Now as she sits contemplating many things, her fingers often idly reach over to touch and to turn the ring, her right hand often tenderly covers her left hand and holds the ring, as she contemplates the day she received it, the love that it contains, the promise of a bright new future together, and by touching and holding it, she feels so much closer to her true love and her heart grows fonder.
Distances now always quickly disappears as “The Ring” brings, as it were, her beloved to her side, and the longing grows in anticipation of his next visit, and a chance to actually hold the love of her life instead of just the “Token,” that is “The Ring.” Let us develop this theme into a more “Spiritual” one, and to look at another “Engagement,” that is the one we received when we fell in-love with the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted his Salvation (engagement Ring) and now tell the world that we are “Taken” for God and Eternity, and sin has no more allurement to us anymore.
Here are a few verses as found in Scripture; Isaiah 61:10 “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.” Revelation 19:5-9 “And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 21:1-4 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Here we have in Scripture that Bride-n-Groom concept played out as a concept of Jesus Christ marrying the New Jerusalem, which is the home of all the redeemed from off the earth, so the concept is that we the Redeemed are now “Engaged” to the Son of God. This concept is so nicely played out in the Bible in the book of “The Song of Solomon” where the Shulamite Woman falls madly in love with a chap she met while out in the fields tending the family’s sheep. For the first time in her life she has met somebody that loves her, in spite of her being not officially beautiful as she feels herself unworthy and blemished.
They meet together over the next days and feed their flocks together, and she has found her soul mate, the days flee away so quickly and the nights drag until sunrise and she is so keen now to get up early and get the sheep out to pasture, I mean to meet her beloved. Then one day as she rushes (slowly) to the place they meet, he is missing, and she feels lonely and concerned when he moved his flocks away from her and she is so devastated. Then she hears that the King is coming past on his way to collect his bride, so she sneaks her flock unofficially much closer to the road than she ever should and watches as the mighty procession draws near as if to pass by.
But to her surprise and amazement the procession stops right beside her, the curtain opens, and to her wonderment and amazement, there is the “Love of her Life,” and it really is actually the King, he beckons, she flees to his embrace, and they are away to the Palace. Shortly Jesus Christ is to return with a palatial caravan and he will beckon to his beloved to come up and join him in the clouds and to his embrace and away to the Palace, the New Jerusalem, and Heaven. There we have depicted the “Marriage” and the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb,” it is all there written in the end of Revelation, for then the redeemed of all ages are ever with our God (Husband.)
Dear Reader; how is it between you and the Lord Jesus Christ, are you faithful and true every moment of the day? Are you preparing your character and life to be compatible with the purity of Heaven, or will you be left behind as not worthy, one whose affections have wandered, and who is no longer pure and true? So come on home to God today, be true to your “Engagement Ring” to Jesus.