Christ and His Bride

on Sunday 22, August 2010

In the Scriptures, we see there are miracles, and then there are “notable” miracles (Acts 4:16).  There are mysteries, and then there are “profound” mysteries.  One such profound mystery is the romance that Christ has with his Church.

Have you ever given any thought to how Christ yearns for his Bride, how impatient he is to present her to his Father—holy, perfect, and radiant?  The joy that a bride or groom experience on their wedding day—the hope and anticipation for their future life together—cannot even begin to compare to the desire Christ has towards his people.  He was so passionate to provide everything for her that he came to earth, lived and died as a total and complete expression of his eternal and limitless love.

Is it any wonder then that he is so jealous over earthly marriages, which he ordained to be an example of the relationship that he longs to have with the church?  He said, “Wives, respect and submit to your husbands as the church submits to Christ…And husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church, laying down his life for her.”

Our earthly marriages so often fall short of his perfect plan to express the mystery of his love for his Bride.  Yet his desire does not change.  He continues to woo us, drawing us to turn our hearts completely to him so that he can point to us and say, “Now that’s the kind of relationship I want with my Church!”