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Thoughts and Reflections on Scripture

2019

July

Friday, July 12th, 2019
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It sounds sappy, but the best day of my life was when I married my sweetheart, Joanne.

Some of you may be rolling your eyes, I understand. But that day marked the beginning of a new life for us both. We decided, each of us, to try to put the other at the top of our priorities. We embarked upon a journey of personal self-sacrifice. As a result, we have over 25 years experience together, in which we have supported one another through joys and sorrows, pains and pleasures, moments of despair, and moments of elation! We have four wonderful and interesting children, photo albums full of memories, and we look forward to a blessed future.

So you can see why I honour the day of our wedding! It was truly a holy day!

Speaking of holy, the wedding is an appropriate metaphor we see throughout scripture. Ancient writers describe the coming messiah as the bridegroom, and his people, the bride, who wait expectantly for his arrival.

Like a marriage, the God-relationship requires commitment, even when things are tough. Joanne and I have let each other down numerous times, failing to live up to the ideal. Our commitment to God also requires fidelity, honesty, vulnerability, and truthfulness.

Classical Jewish scholars have long agreed that Psalm 45 refers to the Jewish messiah. As Christians we believe that this messiah has come, in the person of Jesus, himself a Jew descended from the line of David! This holy Groom inserts himself into our lives and he 'husbands' us toward character and truth. We, in turn, receive him. We submit to his love and direction, and so bear the fruit of this holy union: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control!

In each of the Gospels, the writers describe Jesus as this messianic bridegroom, and the church as his bride. The book of Hebrews actually quotes from Psalms 45, and Revelation is full of bridegroom/bride references!

Even if it sounds sappy, I am eager to be pursued by my bridegroom, Jesus Christ! I welcome him into my life and home, and want nothing more than to serve him eagerly, and passionately.

Who's with me?