Summer is just around the corner. School is out and a new round of freshly graduated seniors have just been honored.
Along with summer comes wedding season. Young couples are finalizing plans before the big day.
There is a field in the center of town that has been planted with wildflowers. It is a favorite spot for picture-taking and photo shoots.
As we drove by the other day, we saw a young couple getting their pictures taken for a “save the date” card and it brought back memories of our engagement.
Often, I think the church forgets we are engaged. We get distracted with every kind of activity and we forget that we have a Bridegroom, Jesus, Who is longing for us.
We become more interested in ministry and doing good deeds, and we miss spending time with the One who truly loves us. Worse than that, our love for Him might have grown cold and we look for comfort in something other than Christ.
Being the betrothed Beloved of God the Son, Jesus, is the basis for our relationship with the Father.
It is through the Son’s sacrifice that we have been made clean. And it is through Jesus’ name that we approach the Father. His love for us is what connects us to the Father.
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to speak into the lives of young couples who are engaged.
With the groom, I share that deep longing he has to be with his bride is the same longing that Christ has for the Church. And with the bride to be, I share that the longing she has for her groom is the same longing that we the Church should have for Jesus.
Marriage on earth is meant to be a living example of Christ’s relationship with the Church. For some of us the wedding day has long passed.
Others have bitter memories of broken relationships and the memory of longing is clouded by a relationship that didn’t end well.
Thankfully, marriage on earth is just a dim reflection of what the true relationship is to be.
Revelation 19:7-9 talks about the wedding that is to come at the end of the age.
7) Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
8) Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
9) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (NIV)
Notice in verse 7 John writes that the Bride has made herself ready. I’ll leave you with these thoughts:
• What are we doing to prepare ourself for His coming?
• Are we spending time with Him?
The early church fathers taught that the book in the Bible, Song of Solomon, is a picture of the longing between Christ and his bride. Perhaps reading and meditating on that will open up a dialogue with the Holy Spirit that will rekindle our love for God.
Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus!
•Tim McKeon lives with his family in Blackshear. He is a mining engineer who loves to encourage people in their walk with God.