We Are the Bride of Christ (3 of 4) by Jonathan McLeod

We Are the Bride of Christ (3 of 4)
Series: We Are the Church
Jonathan McLeod
Revelation 19:6-8

‘‘Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready’’ (Rev. 19:7).


When we read about a ‘‘church’’ in the Bible, ‘‘church’’ never refers to a building. The Greek word that’s translated ‘‘church’’ is ekklesia, which literally means ‘‘assembly,’’ or ‘‘gathering.’’ A church building is where a church meets. We are the church.

In this sermon series, we’re examining four NT metaphors for the church (family, temple, bride, body).

[Read Revelation 19:6-8.]


We call a wedding day ‘‘the big day,’’ and Canadians spend a lot of money to celebrate the big day.

• The average cost of a Canadian wedding (including the honeymoon) is $31,110.
• The average cost of a bridal gown is $1,716.
• The average cost of being a bridesmaid is $1,695.
• A destination wedding costs guests $1,500…and that doesn’t include the gift.
• The average cost of a wedding gift is $109; however, if the couple is close family, the price almost doubles to $200.

There’s a wedding day coming for the church: ‘‘The marriage of the Lamb has come’’ (Rev. 19:7). The ‘‘Lamb’’ is Christ, and ‘‘his Bride’’ is the church. Why is the church called the bride of Christ?


Sometimes a metaphor can be taken too far. The church is not like a bride in every way. We are called the bride of Christ for two reasons.

1. The church is LOVED by Christ.

Christ is ‘‘the Lamb who was slain’’ (Rev. 5:12). When a man loves a woman, he is willing to make sacrifices for her (e.g., time, ...

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