My wife likes to tell the story of what I said when I saw her in her wedding dress on our wedding day - I said that she looks VERY Nice (emphasis mine).
On one of the most important days of a woman’s life, a day that culminates months perhaps years of planning and dreaming, a day that formalizes a covenant relationship – “you look nice” or even “you look very nice” falls way short of the appropriate way to recognize a bride. I won’t try to explain myself – just confess that these were not the correct words to say to a bride on her wedding day.
I wish that I had read today’s reading just prior to our wedding. I really could have taken a queue from these verses. The New Jerusalem is described as a bride being presented to her husband. The verses go on to describe the wonderful promises that will be fulfilled in that day:
"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Rev 21:3-4)
I can imagine the rejoicing, exultation, and praise that will take place as the saints join with God to live for eternity with him in this new place.
I am looking forward to the wedding described in these verses. I can almost picture myself there with my wife now. If you are there with us, you'll probably hear me saying, “This is nice.”