“The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,”
-In other instances; the kingdom of heaven has been likened to a sower (Mat 13:24), a mustard seed (Mat 13:31), yeast (Lk 13:21), treasure hidden in a field (Mat 13:44), a merchant seeking fine pearls (Mat 13:45) etc. Marriage has also been likened to the Kingdom of heaven in the parable of the wedding feast. The king invited several guests to his son’s wedding feast which is naturally a very big deal. The first group responded negatively, failed to attend giving priority to their personal obligations & others killed the kings servants. The other group responded well & they attended the feast but there was a gate crusher who never wore the correct wedding attire, & was cast out into the outer darkness. The wedding feast reflects a marriage which requires sacrifice, commitment, mutual love & respect, communication & the right response to establish a bi-directional relationship with Christ at the centre. The feast of the Lamb is concluded by the statement “many are invited into the wedding feast but a few are chosen”. Jesus has invited everyone to faith; but only a few have accepted His invitation to receive eternal life. During the first wedding feast which Jesus attended with His mother, He changed water into wine revealing His eternal purpose of salvation of the whole world in righteousness through faith. As a young man marries a virgin, Christ our Bridegroom shall marry us; the church in the last marriage, & as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall Christ rejoice in us.
We exalt You Lord, for You have always lifted us out of the depths of darkness & healed our wounds, we sings praises of Your holy name. You are the First & the Last Jehovah, have mercy on all the married couples & all those who intend to get married that You may always be present in their unions & cement them with Your love. May Your love Jesus satisfy our hearts all the time. Our Father who at in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread & forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power & the glory; forever & ever. Amen
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