Sharables Lesson 14 – The Aisle
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
Weddings are for women. I have officiated at several weddings and it is interesting to talk to the couple in counseling or at dress rehearsal. There are some men who think the wedding is about them. I have even had to remind both moms that it was not their wedding. The focus is on the bride. She buys a dress; he typically rents a tuxedo. She has a whole bouquet of flowers and he might have one flower on his boutonniere. She dazzles and he is the sidekick. Should we talk about the price of their rings? The wedding is her’s.
I tried to figure out the history of the woman walking down the aisle. The closest thing I could find was that her father brought her to her future husband with a dowry or price. Sounds sad, “I will pay you to take my daughter.” Looking at Matthew 15 again, we see a different process.
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus is coming back. Jesus, the Bridegroom, comes down the aisle to take His bride, the Church. Jesus, the man, walks down the aisle. I have mentioned to a few couples that it would make more sense if the man came down the aisle. Typically, they say, “That’s interesting.” However, you and I know she is practicing her steps as she comes down the aisle. She is focusing on not stepping on her dress. So, she will smile, hold her head up high, and slowly walk down the aisle to “receive” her groom.
The next time you are at a wedding, take a moment to remember that Jesus is coming back for His Bride, the Church. He is coming back for us. That will be a time of celebration.