I watched one of those Hallmark movies about modern-day princes. It was a cute love story, though clichéd, of course. I was reminded of my younger days when there was an unmarried prince in Great Britain. He was often featured in the news and made the covers of many of our magazines. Young ladies everywhere dreamed of marrying the man who would be king one day.
Why do we dream of marrying a prince?
There are the obvious reasons, of course.
- a beautiful storybook wedding
- crown jewels
- a title
- servants to meet our every need
- we’d get to dress up a lot
- we’d get to wear a tiara
Oh yeah, love. Probably should have put that in first position. Of course we’d fall head-over-heels in love with “his handsomeness.” The romance would be over the top.
We imagine carriages drawn by white horses…
In our fantasy, we’ll wear elegant ballgowns and waltz the night away…and of course, any objections to our ordinariness, our lack of a royal pedigree, will be disallowed. Just like in the movies.
Back to real life. I have to admit, some of those movies are fun to watch. This latest one made me think. Maybe our longing to be wooed by a prince isn’t so far off base. After all, as a Christian believer, I have something similar–no–greater to look forward to. The return of the King.
He is the rider on the white horse, described as “Faithful and True,..”. “His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems…” Revelation 19:11 & 12 ESV
"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure"--" Revelation 19:6-8 ESV
We long for a prince while a King is preparing a place for us. The getting ready part is up to us. It was granted her to clothe herself…
While we can’t make ourselves righteous any more than that “ordinary” girl can make herself royal, we are able to do what it takes to “put on righteousness” and open the door that allows entry to His Kingdom. How?
Too simple? Surely, it has to be more complicated than that. However, the beauty of this love story is its simplicity.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”Romans 10:13 ESV
“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”John 6:37 ESV
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.James 1:12 ESV