“Prepare to Meet Christ”

Wedding of Sipho & Thembi

2 Corinthians 11

2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

It is wonderful to see the bride coming in and it reminds us of the last wedding when we will see the Lord Jesus. A bride normally has a trousseau or box in which she has collected items for the day when she will get married. We will also have a box or coffin when we die and go to meet the heavenly bridegroom.

The Bible says many things about marriage. It says that we are engaged to the Lord Jesus and it is feared that we will be deceived in the same way as the serpent deceived Eve. We must be presented as a pure virgin. The Bible says much about purity. The Zulus honoured purity. Unfortunately that has been lost today. Today, even homosexuals and lesbians are prevalent, which is evil.

The Lord Jesus is jealous and wants us only for Himself. A wife cannot have two husbands. We, as His church, must have pure hearts.

A bride must treat her husband well. She must not be like the Zulu proverb that says, “later she will kick her husband”. Then the husband should send her straight back to her family for them to teach her to behave properly. She must be a daughter to her mother-in-law, and a help in the family. The Gospel brings light and direction. A husband should be faithful even if he goes to Johannesburg. The in-laws should also treat their daughter-in-law well so that she will look after them well in their old age. As married people, you should spread the gospel more than ever before.

C T Studd was a sickly person and when he saw a sign that cannibals need a missionary, he smiled thinking of the missionary being eaten. However, later he went to Central Africa and preached and many were converted.

Before missionaries are married, they are often on fire for God and afterwards they are like a blunt knife. God wants us to be pure and holy and on fire for Him even if we are married.