It’s a frequent analogy used throughout scripture. The subject of marriage captures the heart of Jesus’ relationship with his church. Spiritual infidelity, lack of respect shown to our Lord as well as Jesus and the continual faithfulness of our Bridegroom are pictured throughout the Bible. Jesus’ parables are always simple pictures with incredibly deep concepts. Down through the annals of time, God has loved his people with a passionate, single-minded, un-deflected devotion. God has even used the prophetic pens in scripture to write of His love for people that could easily be put to music. Isaiah mentions in v. 5 of his 45th chapter that Israel’s maker was also her husband. Later in chapter 62, he painted the picture of God’s rejoicing over the people as being like a bridegroom delighting in his bride. Jeremiah understood these concepts as well. In fact, God told the people through His prophet, “I am your Husband.” Even though Israel continued to practice infidelity, God always remained faithful. God is a persistent, patient and pure husband. In the 19th verse of Hosea chapter 2 it says God’s wife might fail, but his love for her never would. It’s not that we deserve the kind of love he has to offer. We’ve done very little to return the magnitude of his love! But, while we don’t deserve it, we can’t resist it either. In the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul tells us in verse 11 that we have obtained an inheritance in Jesus Christ. The long and short of this is that God inherited us the same way we inherited God: through Jesus Christ! This is a win-win situation if our appreciation bleeds over into our commitment to God. Faithfulness is key in serving Christ Jesus. It’s a love story, pure and simple. It’s the story of two lovers: Christ and His bride. If you’ve pledged your life to Christ, you should be longing for the “shout of the Bridegroom”. If you’ve never made that commitment to Him, that day will be horrific.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.