I’ve gone to several weddings this summer. And each time as I watch the beautifully arrayed bride walk down the aisle to her groom, my mind is pushed forward the day when we, as Christ’s Bride, will walk down the aisle of heaven to meet our glorious Bridegroom. What a day that will be!
We’ve talked about the Bride, who she is and her former condition, but what about the Groom? Who is He? What has He done to woo the Bride? Where is He now? These are the questions that we shall begin to uncover, and today we shall start uncovering the identity of our heavenly Bridegroom.
Dear Sister and Faithful Reader,
I apologize for the long silence and lengthy period of inactivity on this topic. Since launching this project, life happened and I lost much of my enthusiasm. However, I am now ready to dive back into exploring this wonderful concept of being engaged to a heavenly Bridegroom.
It’s been a while since we’ve visited and discussed this topic. However, I hope that since the last post, you’ve been able to ponder and consider the question: How would you describe the bride’s background and former condition? If not, please review our last post here.
So to recap, we’ve been using an allegory to learn and gain insight into our relationship with Christ as our Groom and we as His Bride. We’ve seen that the Bride is arrayed in bridal splendor with a beaming countenance and joy in her eyes. However, this was not her former condition.
Do you remember our allegory from last time? Well, just in case you don’t, I’ve included it below. We’ll be going back to this allegory throughout the series, so for future reference, please note that it will be available on the Outline page.
Picture yourself in a park—walking along the pathways and enjoying the beautiful gardens and fall colors. Then, as you’re going about and minding your own business, the most beautifully dressed, beaming bride walks quickly past you. As you watch her travel down the path, you can’t get over how joyful, excited, and simply radiant the young woman dressed in white looked nor can you forget the distant gleam in her eye. Also, you remember noticing the huge diamond ring shimmering on her finger, and you can’t help wondering who the groom is and what he must be like in order to ignite so much wonder, excitement, and distraction. Based on the size and beauty of the engagement ring, you guess that the groom must be rather wealthy. So you wonder, who is this bride and what is her story that she—a girl obviously engaged to a very affluent man and decked out in all her bridal finery—would be walking in your humble city park?
How has cutting out all things romance been going for you? Has it been difficult? Have you felt a void in your life? Well, whether it’s been a struggle for you or not, continue to stick to your fast from all things on earthly love, and focus your heart on your position as Christ’s chosen Bride.
Meanwhile, we’re going to get started by setting the stage for the epic, life-changing story of a God who became like His creation in order to romance the heart of His wayward people. So like in every good story, we’re going to set the stage by introducing the characters and giving some background, history, and a taste of what’s going to happen…