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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Beloved Names of God..... Bridegroom

 

Beloved Names of God

Bridegroom

Jesus answered, "How can the guest of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast."
Matthew 9:15 NIV
 
  • Name of God the Son
  • Jesus refers to Himself as, or is referred to as, the "bridegroom" fourteen times in the NIV.
  • The prophet Isaiah tells Israel that "as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you"(Isaiah 62:5NIV). Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy.
  • In Matthew 9:15, Jesus tells the Pharisees that He will not be bound by normal social expectations. He also predicts His own death and the time His disciples will have to cope without Him. 
 
Is there a love in this world as intense as that between a couple about to be married? It is thrilling, constant, full of anticipation, full of promise. What would a bridegroom not do for his bride?
 
In earthly marriages, sadly, the passion fades a little with time. We are, after all, only human. But notice in Matthew 9:15 that Jesus isn't referring to Himself as the husband yet. The time when He and His followers will be joined as one has yet to come. In the book of Revelation, John describes how Jesus will return in glory to claim His bride, the "true" church. Until then we are left to wait in fervent anticipation, cultivating our relationship with our most devoted, attentive suitor. And what can we look forward to after the great wedding feast He has planned for us? An eternal, intimate love that will truly last the test of time.


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