There has been much speculation about whether Jesus was married. “The Da Vinci Code” claims that He was but The Bible refutes this ill founded argument. However, there is much in the Bible about Jesus being married in a broader sense. He is described as the bridegroom and the church is described as the bride of Christ.
At a wedding recently I was struck by the joy and the excitement of the bride and the bridegroom. The pair had not been living together, they are both Christians and this was the beginning of a wonderful life together. The Bible compares Jesus’s love for His Christian children with the love of a married couple.
Jesus is our Bridegroom, is the Church a Responsive Bride?
In Ephesians 5: 31 Paul writes: “As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.” Jesus calls us to an intimate love, which resembles the love between man and wife in a loving relationship.
Jesus does not want us to share the love that is intended for Him with others. Like a husband he deserves the bride’s focused attention. He is rightfully jealous of our love for Him, knowing that if we stray away from Him our lives will be wrecked like the aftermath of a divorce.
Who do we Worship- Jesus or People?
We are aware that our love for Jesus is prone to falter. Perhaps we prefer the thrill of materialism when we are admired for looking good in our latest purchase. Do we prioritize the attention of those who flatter us with effusive words because we can actually see our human admirers?
We need to re-focus. Our human admirers will grow old and die. I have just been looking at a book about Ronald and Nancy Reagan : “Entertaining At The White House”. They were beautifully dressed in a glamorous setting. Ronald Reagan was an effective president but suffered years with alzheimer’s followed by an unremarkable death. Nancy is now a wizened old lady. Even Princess Diana who featured in the book, as a radiant star, is no more than a pretty memory.
In their heyday we would have been tempted to join the crowds to shake President Reagan’s hand in preference to sitting at the feet of the King of Kings, praising Him through prayer and worship. Thousands of admirers arrived in London to pay tribute to Princess Diana. Watching this spectacle on television, it seemed that the crowds were worshiping her more than remembering her life respectfully. If only they would pay the same attention to their Savior and Maker.
Is Jesus is Your Bridegroom?
One day we will see our true hero: Jesus. He will be radiant and the light of Heaven will shine from Him. The sun will be obsolete. Whether we will be in Heaven as the bride of Christ, to celebrate the ultimate wedding feast, will depend on whether we have faithfully put our hope in our wonderful “bridegroom” while on earth. Adulating human heroes will provide no lasting benefit.
In Isaiah 62:4, we are told ….”as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” What an honor! Let’s receive God’s love with a thankful heart and let’s respond to His love with a fervent, joyful commitment. This should be a love that is characterized by godly self sacrifice, dominating our hearts, souls, minds and strength, overflowing to impact all other relationships and culminating in an even greater depth of joy in Heaven. Only God can supply such love.
If you haven’t yet experienced His love, ask Jesus to wrap you in His arms and keep seeking Him fervently. He will not disappoint you.