The Last Wedding

It has been a little bit crazy with the last few weeks. My sister, Brinkley, got married on June 25th to someone that had become a very close friend of mine, Jared. Jared asked me to be the best man he knew who would be the best as a friend, spiritual companion, and godly friend. Through the preparations of the week of her marriage was packed with one event to the next festivity. Me and some other awesome boys celebrated with Jared two days before and went to a Brazilian restaurant, solved an escape room, and then hanged out in brotherly fellowship. The next day was almost the final countdown as we all went to a ranch where we were setting up for wedding. Unloading tables, chairs and decorations took longer than planned but we were determined. In the afternoon came the ceremony rehearsal which followed with a lovely dinner at a Mexican food restaurant. The day of Brinkley’s wedding was so exciting yet filled with nervous energy as we waited for the wedding. Jared was full of butterflies and his thoughts were like a rollercoaster; so happy yet nervous at the same time. When the time came, his face was full of a huge grin followed by tears of joy when my sister walked down the aisle, she also had the same emotions of tears, and a new and wonderful smile. I have heard of a “happily ever after” from stories in books and movies but from those two was what I really experience what true love is. As the pastor was talking, the two of them were face to face with more tears and were locked in connection with love.
As the wedding continued came my part as I moved to where pastor was, and the couple went to do their vows of serving each other and washing one another feet just as Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. As I started speaking, they started their commitment of servanthood Just like Jesus and the church just as a husband and a wife that Paul spoke in Ephesians that states,
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word”.
I had practiced my short sermons several times and was ready. I unfolded my paper and read to the congregation but more focus on Jared and Brinkley the followings of committing to one another servanthood and the two becoming one flesh:
I stated, “We are gathered here in the presence of God, family and friends to unite Jared and Brinkley in holy matrimony. Marriage is a joyous occasion. It is connected in our thoughts with love, as being one of the most important events of our lives. Its unity is the most significant in a covenant known in human relations. Today, they will receive God’s greatest gift; another person to share with, grow with, change with, be joyful with and to stand with as one when trials and tribulations enter their lives.
The Foot Washing Ceremony is an act of humility mirroring Jesus when he washed his disciples’ feet. For a couple being married to wash each other’s feet as part of their wedding symbolizes that neither is above the other. Jesus took the place of a servant to others. He showed that he did not come down to be served but serve the world.
John 13 states, “Then he (Jesus) poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” John 13:5-7, 13-15
As a married couple you give these experiences depth because you approach them with unconditional love. Love becomes a sacrifice of serving one another. My love is not just a promise, but an unconditional action of love. By washing each other’s feet today, you are saying, I don’t only stand before you, promising my love but I’m kneeling before you, washing your feet, humbly accepting you as you are, not only with my words, but with my actions. In your humility, you commit yourselves to each other today as a servant to one another. You bring all of who you are, and that is what makes you great together.”
I kept on looking, turned my head to look directly at them, and saw how they wanted to serve one another. As I finished my part, some of the other groomsmen gave me a high five. The couple walked back to the center to do their own vows to one another. Each one had a small book and read their vows. There was laughter and crying as they spoke to each other. At the end, they said the I do, kissed the bride and walked down holding hands. After came the reception with dinner and dance. When the first dance came for Brinkley and Jared shared their slow dance for the people, I saw a reflection in my heart…
These reflect meditated on the bride supper with the Lamb, the church and Christ, in Revelation. For one day their will be a final wedding that will last forever and ever in between of Christ and the church. As stated by the Apostle John revelation of the end, “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure!” (Revelation 19:8-9, ESV). A true happily ever after and true love of a believer and what they believed through Christ. It will be a long waiting time for the preparation but the Lamb that was slain and Lion of Judea is still waiting patiently for that day to come. There will be tears of joy and happiness. Rejoicing in gladness. Holding hands of kindness. The promises of protection. The final fulfillment of eternal life. And the sacred commitment of vows from the Lamb to the bride. For the bride worriedness and sorrows will be gone for good, and turn to joy and “true happiness” when she sees Christ. As stated, “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:2-4 ESV). Oh what a wonderful day and “happily ever after” it will be!

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