“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride, adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:9
For a bride and groom, the wedding day is everything. As the great day draws near, the rest of their life seems to be secondary, their new life is about to begin. The happy couple has great expectations, expectations of a new kind of life; the kind of life that they make movies about. They plan the wedding, the reception, and of course the honeymoon. The honeymoon will mark the beginning of this brand new kind of life.
Paul taught us that this marriage relationship was a picture, it is a picture of a much higher kind of relationship. It is a picture of God’s plan of intimacy between Christ and the church. Just as a young child has no concept of marital joy (are you kidding, what could bring more joy than ice cream); we have no way of imagining a greater joy than the one experienced by young lovers caught up in marital bliss. There is no way to understand the joys of the other world except from the foretaste we receive in the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Jonathan Edwards wrote powerfully about spiritual joy that flows from intimacy with God. Check this out.
“Come hither; I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” Then will come the time, when Christ will sweetly invite his spouse to enter in with him into the palace of his glory, which he had been preparing for her from the foundation of the world, and shall as it were take her by the hand, and lead her in with him: and this glorious bridegroom and bride shall with all their shining ornaments, ascend up together into the heaven of heaven; the whole multitude of glorious angels waiting upon them: and this Son and daughter of God shall, in their united glory and joy, present themselves together before the Father; when Christ shall say, “Here am I, and the children which thou has given me”: and they both shall in that relation and union, together receive the Father’s blessing; and shall thenceforward rejoice together, in consummate, uninterrupted, immutable, and everlasting glory, in the love and embraces of each other, and joint enjoyment of the love of the Father.”
Yep, there is a joy greater than ice cream. There is also a greater love than the love between two lovers. Taste and see for yourselves. This joy is reserved for the thirsty.