Beginning with Adam and Eve, many verses in both Old and New Testaments point toward New Jerusalem as the eternal marriage. Finally, Revelation 19:7 declares,
“Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
Because the marriage has come, let us rejoice and exult/celebrate/be exceedingly glad. “Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). The marriage celebration is a feast with our Lord.
In the gospels the Lord described Himself as the Bridegroom. He has been waiting since then. He went through death, resurrection, and ascension for this. Now He is our heavenly Minister and High Priest (Hebrews 7) interceding for us that He may “save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him” (v. 25).
We have already received His salvation, we have its eternal assurance and security, and we will be in New Jerusalem. Yet, we need to experience this salvation daily so that we may be saved completely and in many details, such as being saved from impatience, anger, pride, complaining, depression, self life, and love for the world. This salvation to the uttermost is the much-more salvation in His life (Romans 5:10).
We cannot save ourselves from these difficulties but we can, by prayer, singing, and praising, “come forward to God through Him.” This is our cooperation with Him. He is able to save but we need to cooperate. Our coming forward becomes part of the process whereby “His wife has made herself ready.” Let us pray, sing, and praise our way to New Jerusalem.