I’ve been preaching about the Eternal Love Story—Jesus, the heavenly bride-groom and the Church (born-again followers of Christ) as the Bride. There are some awesome parallels from a traditional Jewish relationship and wedding, to the relationship between Christ and the Church. You see, once a young woman accepted a young man’s proposal, they “drank of the cup,” to signify her acceptance of his proposal. When we take communion, we “drink of the cup,” to signify our acceptance
of His proposal.
Following this, the groom goes back home, to build an addition onto his father’s house. When the addition is completed, He goes back to get his bride. Likewise, Jesus said, "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3"If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:2-3 (NASB)
Oh, and so a groom wouldn’t slack on his building, he had to build it according to the father’s specifications—only his father could tell him it was acceptable and when he could go get his bride. That’s why Matthew records, "But of that day and hour
no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Mark 13:32 (NKJV)
While the groom is gone, the bride makes preparations. According to Revelation 19:7 (NASB) "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." I’m in the midst of doing three weddings in seven weeks. I can tell you that the brides are paying attention to every detail in their wedding
preparations. Hair, make-up, dress, shoes, nails, etc., to look as “perfect” as possible. What preparations are you making as your “wedding day” approaches? Since Jesus is interested in the “inner” you, what preparations are you making so your character looks beautiful to Him?
Finally, a bride can’t get Him or the “date” off their minds. Is the day you begin eternity with Jesus on your mind? Is there daily excitement about that day? A faithful bride’s affections will be turned towards Him, more than anything else. Don’t delay in turning your thoughts, your affections towards Him. He’s looking for a faithful bride. Love Him with all your heart today!
"We’re getting married!" Ah, the words of an excited bride to be. In the Scriptures, Jesus calls the church the bride of Christ. So…we believers “are getting married!”
In the traditions of the ancient Hebrew wedding, a young man would proposed to a woman. The first step of his proposal was to bring the bride-price to her father. The bride-price was what he had saved his whole life for, to show the woman of his dreams the value he placed in her. This would be something very expensive--possibly something he saved for or worked for his whole life.
When Jesus “proposed” to us, He came to this earth to present his body…His shed blood as his bride-price! He gave His all to show us the value He placed in us! Yes, we sinful, rebellious, dirty people—He said He loved us! He wants
us! He proposes to you and me!
Let me encourage you to watch the youtube video and listen to Kari Jobe’s song, “My Beloved.”
As you listen to it, rejoice in the fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is proposing to you. Yes, He has eyes for you!
Lord willing…I’ll continue this thought next time. God bless!
I will be officiating at three weddings in the next seven weeks. As I work with these couples, I’m reminded of the many preparations to be made. Also, especially for the bride, there is great attention to details to make sure everything is just right. This is the day she has looked forward to for a long time!
Over the past few weeks I began to think about another wedding—the wedding of the Church (the Bride of Christ) who will be united with Jesus (the heavenly Bridegroom)!
We’ll explore these and other truths in the weeks to come in my new sermon series entitled, “The Eternal Love Story.” I hope to post some of my thoughts along the way, on this blog.
What do you expect?
This is a question that can be taken at least a couple of ways. It can carry the connotation of great
expectation, great dreams and vision—WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?
…or, it can carry the connotation of little or no expectation—such as, ‘we’re just a little fish in the pond, what do you expect?’ Our expectation depends on what or who we’re looking at—what we believe, and what we choose to dwell on. Are our eyes on us or our circumstances? Or, are our eyes on our powerful God?
Life can be boring or very discouraging, especially if we have little or no expectation. We’re blown here and there by life’s circumstances, and we see negative circumstances as never ending.
However, if we have the expectation of a powerful God at work, we see negative circumstances as temporary, problems as opportunities for God to show Himself, and we carry the expectation of great things ahead.
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish
infinitely more than we might ask or think. So…what do you expect today?
Pastor Brent Oliver grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and is an Ordained Minister through the Assemblies of God. Before embarking on God’s plan to establish a church in Delphi, Pastor Brent served in both Peru and Logansport, Indiana encompassing over 29 years of fulltime ministry. His vision and creativity has been the benchmark for the growing ministry at Delphi First and after 23 years, his passion and leadership could not be stronger.