Blessed Are the Wedding Party/Blessed Are the First Resurrected
Daily Reading: (Revelation 19:9, 20:6):
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God. “Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.”
This begs the question who is on the guest list? Jesus gave a parable about His wedding, who’s going to be invited and who might respond to the R.S.V.P with a yes in Matthew 22. “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. (You see when you flip this around you see what qualifies a person to take part in the wedding of the Lamb would simply be those who responds to the invitation of Jesus. “So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.” Invite anyone- invite everyone. “ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good” (the Gospel is for everyone).
What is interesting thing to note is that the invited guests to the wedding of the Lamb are not you and me. The church, the Bride of Christ is absent from Chapter four until chapter 21 so this can’t be written about us.
Have you ever heard of a bride sending herself a wedding invitation to her own wedding? No!
This statement distinguishes between the bride (New Testament Church) and other believers (Old Testament saints). The bride, by definition, is not invited to her own reception. Those who are "invited" are the friends of the bridegroom. John the Baptist, for example, who lived during the Old Covenant and died just before the cross referred to himself as the friend of the bridegroom. He said, "The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete" (John 3:29).
“Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6).
The first resurrection is the resurrection of the just, and the second of the unjust (Daniel 12:2; Luke 14:14; Acts 24:15). The first resurrection leads to eternal life; the second resurrection leads to the second death (Revelation 20:13–15).
Those who belong to the first resurrection come to the Bema seat of Christ to rewards as the victors.