Jesus loves you and everything hangs on this.

Write this John. That was the instruction even though John has already been told to do so right at the beginning of this vision. The point is made. Get this down John. This is important. They need to know this truth.

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19 v 7-9)

Why should John be told to write this?

It is because the only thing that matters in all of history and the entirety of your life is this: to know Jesus loves you.

That is all. Do you know you are perfectly loved by Jesus? What good is it if you achieve everything in this world and have so many friends but you do not fully know His love for you? Before you do anything today. As you wake from your sleep. Jesus loves you. How would you go into your today if you truly knew this? If you knew for certain that in a few days you would be with the person who loved you, how would these next few days be lived? How much more in waiting for Jesus? Dressing to impress in order to be loved is not the same as dressing for the one you know is in love with you.

Jesus loves you as a bridegroom does a bride. Can you imagine that day when you will see Jesus face to face?

Jesus’ love for you cost Him his blood (it is the wedding of the Lamb). Our ‘clothes’ are clean only because His clothes are bloodied. Can there be any greater love than dying for another?

Jesus’ love for you carries an eager expectation that this engagement will soon turn into a marriage. Can you imagine permanently living in the presence of Jesus with no distractions and disappointments, no trials nor temptations?

How? How is it possible to do enough righteous acts that we are then worthy of an invitation? In Islam your good deeds have to outweigh your bad ones and the problem is a Muslim never knows how the weighing scales are balanced. But ‘the true words of God’ (v9) are founded on the love of Jesus.

It is the righteous act of Jesus that clothed us with grace and opened up the opportunity of us becoming like Him. Our righteous acts stem from one righteous act. How did He do this?

Love!

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