Michele's (WM Director) Monthly Devotion

The Director's Monthly Devotion

Arise, Bride of Christ

Ever since we discussed the eclipse at Fall Kickoff, I have been investigating what the Bible says about weddings and Jesus’ character as Bridegroom. Jesus tells us that “[t]he kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.”  (Matthew 22:2a).  Jesus performs his first miracle on earth during a wedding. In the Bible, the Church is referred to as the Bride of Christ. The Women’s Ministry’s verses, from Isaiah 60, give us a visual picture of a large procession of people, bearing gifts and travelling in search of the returning LORD. Could this be symbolic of a wedding procession? Revelation 19:8 says, “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

Who doesn’t love a wedding invitation?

My favorite part of a wedding ceremony is when the bride and groom exchange rings.  Given as a symbol of the promise, devotion and commitment that they desire to have with one another, rings symbolize being chosen, sealed and secured by another person. The circular shape of a wedding band represents unending love.  We know that these earthly traditions illustrate our heavenly relationship with our God.  

Christ wants us to be His betrothed, to be wedded to Him. When the solar eclipse was in totality on Monday, August 21, the Diamond Ring Effect was displayed (picture attached).  It reminded me that God is calling us to Him and He will keep His promises to us -- His Bride. God tells us, “as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” (Isaiah 62:5)

In this age of grace, the Church is engaged to Christ and He is the Bridegroom who is rejoicing over you today.  And, when He returns, there will be cleansing of the Bride, a marriage feast will begin and it will last for eternity!  Rejoice, you already have an invitation.