“18 And Paul [after this] tarried [there] yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn [his] head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
20 When they desired [him] to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;
21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.”
Ever been distracted? Today? Yeah, we’ve all got plenty, but some things are too important to be distracted from. Here Paul had a specific priority in mind; making the feast in Jerusalem. Though this was a physical feast there is a much more important feast to be concerned about. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb!
Let’s look together at some of the elements that make up this remarkable occasion.
1. THE HOST – THE GOOD SHEPHERD
“4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, (1)until he find it? 5 And (2)when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And (3)when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”
1. “UNTIL HE FIND IT”
- NO GIVING UP
- NO ANGER
- NO DISTRACTION
- TOTALLY COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE
- SEEK & SAVE THE LOST!
2. “WHEN HE HAS FOUND IT”
- UPON HIS OWN SHOULDERS
- HE BEARS THE BURDEN OF THE JOURNEY!
- LOVE HOLDS A FIRM GRIP UPON HIS SHEEP!
3. “WHEN HE BRINGS IT HOME”
- REJOICES WITH FRIENDS
- NOT “IF” BUT “WHEN” HE BRINGS YOU HOME!
- REST IN CHRIST – HE KNOWS THE WAY!
2. THE SUPPER – EVENING TIME
1. AFTER A LONG DAY
2. DEF. – “FORMAL MEAL USUALLY HELD @ EVENING TIME
3. RUTH 2:8-14
3. THE MARRIAGE
A. RUTH 4:9-13
B. IT IS THE CONSUMMATION OF A LONG JOURNEY!
4. THE BRIDE
“7 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.
8 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.
9 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.”
1. SHE MADE HERSELF READY
2. SHE WEARS A ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
“11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few [are] chosen.”
“12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor [thy] rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed [is] he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one [consent] began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.”
“Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
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