When listening to Chris Parsons. on Monday I was reminded of a story my mother-in law told me many years ago. Her name was Ella.
Chris told us how Jewish bridegrooms went away to prepare a home for their brides, quoting John. 14. 2&3.
“In my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may be where I am.”
Ella’s story added that the bridegroom gave the bride a plain white dress or robe. The brides responsibility was to embroider that robe and make it beautiful while she waited for the bridegroom to return. Some brides were married in beautifully decorated robes and others in plain robes because they didn’t get around to doing the embroidery.
Ella related that we have a robe that we can decorate with our acts of love and sacrifice. The challenge is will our robes be well decorated or rather plain when we see Jesus?
I don’t know the origin of the story, but it challenged me then and again now It’s an interesting illustration, but the important thing is we know we will see Jesus and be with Him.
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is,”
1 John 3. 2.