Communique’

August 9, 2022

 

This past Sunday in our communion service, we were reminded of the teaching on the church being the Bride of Christ and how this connects to His love for us culminating in His death, burial and resurrection. As we passed the elements, we had an opportunity to reflect on the great sacrifice Jesus made for us out of the great love he has for each of us.

 

This thought process has caused me to spend more time contemplating all of the teachings in Scripture related to marriage and husbands and wives. There are some really significant passages for us to be reminded of.

 

I don’t want to over spiritualize any of the teachings on marriage, but I believe that there is enough teaching about how the earthly marriage model is an eternal reflection of the relationship of Christ and the church. So let me just mention a couple of things that strike me in my contemplations. You may connect with these or many other thoughts and teachings related.

 

Starting in the beginning, after God created Adam he said, it is not good for man to be alone and created Eve. We know that part of the reason God created man is to be in relationship with us. He doesn’t need us but desires relationship with us (Zephaniah 3:17).

 

As we continue in Genesis we are confronted with original sin. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and sin entered into the world. God wasn’t surprised by this and had already planned his response. From the sacrifice He made in the garden through the death of Jesus Christ and now even into all eternity, God was doing all that was required to redeem his bride back to himself. We are the Bride of Christ.

 

In New Testament times it would be normal practice for a betrothal to take place between the Bridegroom and the Bride. Following this betrothal there would be a time of separation before the Bridegroom comes for his bride. This was a time of anticipation. The bride was always told to be prepared for the coming of the bridegroom. We see in scripture parables that point to this such as Matthew 25:1-13 in the parable of the 10 virgins.

 

We must never forget that Jesus will return for his bride. He is coming to take us (His bride) home with him. Imagine all that it means to be the Bride of Christ. What are your favorite scriptures about the church being the Bride of Christ? It might be great to reflect on them this week. God has a blessing in these truths for us.

 

One last thought. Read through the Song of Solomon placing Jesus as the Groom and the church as the Bride. See how these ideas fit together.

 

God has always been and always will be at work. Ask how you can come along side Him in that work.

-Pastor Gary