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The Groom Is Coming Soon
9/4/2014

Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. Romans 7:4 (NKJV)

I remember speaking with a co-worker a few years back, and she was telling me about a wedding she had attended.  She said at the beginning of the ceremony, one of the parties of the wedding had walked out and raised a cardboard sign reading, The Bride is Coming Soon.  I guess this was their variation of the popular wedding song, Here comes the bride.

As I thought about this, I couldn’t help but to think how this sign actually parallels the teaching of the Bible—it tells us, the Groom is coming soon—the groom being Jesus.  You see the Bible clearly teaches that we, as followers of Christ, are to be His bride.  We see this parallel teaching in Ephesians, where husbands are instructed to love their wives as Christ loved the Church—His bride (Eph. 5:25).

Jesus often used a Jewish wedding when speaking about His return to gather His church (Matt 22; Matt 25; Luke 12:3; Rev. 19, 21).  And when we understand the makeup of the Jewish wedding, we can see the parallel to Christ coming back to receive His bride. 

For instance, it was common for the groom to pay the price for his bride. 

·      In like manner, Jesus paid the price for each of us when He died for us upon the cross (Matt. 20:28; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Rom. 6:10; Heb. 10:10).

Additionally, it would be customary for the virgin bride to acknowledge the covenant agreement to be married by drinking a glass of wine.

·      We can see Jesus instituting a similar practice of our taking communion to remember what He did upon the cross, and to acknowledge the New Covenant (1 Cor. 11:23-26).

Additionally the bride would have a ceremonial bath to cleanse her. 

·      We, in like manner, are immersed in the baptism of water.  We do this to openly acknowledge that we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4).

In light of these biblical truths perhaps we should be carrying a sign saying, The Groom is coming Soon.  It doesn’t have to be a cardboard one, but we should be sharing the great news with as many people as possible.  This news isn’t just an invitation to come to a wedding—it is an invitation to be part of it. 

Jesus is coming back soon!  He won’t tell us the exact day or hour, but He is coming soon.  We are the bride of Christ and He has gone to prepare a place for us.

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And 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 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think about Christ’s return.  Let’s live today with expectation of seeing Him at any moment.  Let’s not get so caught up in this world so as to become complacent or apathetic to this message.  Let’s keep the oil burning in our lamps and be ready when He comes…amen?

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 14:2-3 what has Jesus promised us, and how should it affect our life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you thinking about seeing Jesus each day – eagerly anticipating His arrival?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take time each morning to remember this truth and allow it to influence your life. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your great promises contained within Your Word.  Thank You for loving me so much.  Help me to remember this great truth when I am tempted to look to this world for my joy, my peace, and my contentment.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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