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How are you waiting for your groom? Photo: PEXELS/Lina Kivaka

IT IS WRITTEN: Have you signed the KETUBAH yet?

The relationship between the church and our savior Jesus Christ is many times referred to as a marriage. Are you faithful in your marriage?

marriage

How are you waiting for your groom? Photo: PEXELS/Lina Kivaka

I watched an excellent movie awhile back about a Galilean wedding, and how it is a picture of Christ and His church. The groom meets with his beloved at the city gates and all the townsfolk rush to gather around and  witness his proposal. 

He locks his gaze on her and offers her a cup of wine, eagerly awaiting her response. She has the choice! If she refutes the cup, the proposal is off, but if she cups it in her hands and  drinks, she is declaring that she has accepted, and thus commits herself fully to him. 

THE MARRIAGE COVENANT

The groom hands her his Ketubah – his written word revealing the conditions of their marriage  covenant. He then leaves and goes to his Father’s house, to prepare a “mansion” (usually an extension onto the father’s home) for his bride to be.  

No-one but the father knows when he will return to fetch his bride, so that they can fulfil their covenant in wedded bliss! 

The bride goes home to study the Ketubah to get to know the terms of their covenant and to dream  of what their marriage will be like. She and her handmaidens excitedly prepare for the wedding  feast, not knowing the day or the hour that the bridegroom will return! 

They therefore keep the oil in their lamps burning day and night, always ensuring that they have  spare just in case it runs out. They are determined to be ready when the groom and his men return  to fetch his beloved. 

“7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the  Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her  to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) 9 Then the angel said to  me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

Revelations 19: 7-9 (NIV)

YOU GET TO CHOOSE

When we drink the communion wine (His blood), we are declaring that we commit ourselves  unreservedly to Him.

He has left to go to His Father in heaven, where He is preparing a mansion for us. All the while, we remain behind studying His written word. We explore his likes and dislikes, being eager to delight Him when He returns for us. 

Not even Jesus knows the day or the hour. Instead, He is waiting eagerly, earnestly, expectantly for  the word of the Father: “Son, go and fetch your bride”.

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WILL YOU BE READY?

Are you excitedly preparing yourself for His thrilling return?  

Are you reading His word and writing His desires on the tablet of your heart?

Are you trimming your wick and filling your lamp daily with the oil of joy? 

Commit with a “first love heart” to the lover of your soul. Choose Him above all else. IT IS YOUR CHOICE – CHOOSE WELL! 

“28 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his  commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All  these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God”

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (NIV)

PRAYER

Oh Abba – what a glorious promise! Jesus Christ himself is our bridegroom and will one day return  to fetch us as His Bride. Help us stay alert and to lay all else aside. 

We want to be found ready and waiting! 

Amen

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