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The Bride of Christ: Love the Lord (26 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
This week, we are going to look at one of the most beautiful and intimate ways the Bible describes our relationship with God - it is like the love between a bridegroom and bride. This imagery shows Jesus' love and commitment to His Church.
EQUIP: The love of the Bridegroom.
Teaching Point 1: We have been betrothed in an eternal marriage covenant with Jesus.
- At the last supper in John 13, Jesus was betrothing us to Himself.
- Jesus creates a new covenant between God and His people (Matt. 26:27-28).
- Jesus has now gone to prepare a place for His bride, the Church, to spend eternity with Him, and the bride is preparing herself gloriously for the wedding day at Jesus' second coming (Rev. 19:7).
In Jewish culture, a prospective bridegroom popped the question with a beautiful historic ritual; he poured a cup of wine before his beloved and then anxiously waited. If she drank from the cup, she was symbolically saying, ''I will.'' Their shared cup of wine represented the sealing of their marriage covenant.
At the Last Supper, Jesus was betrothing us to Himself. A betrothal is a promise between two people that expresses their intentions to marry. It's a commitment and covenant. ''After supper, He took a cup of wine and said, 'This cup is the new covenant between God and His people - an agreement confirmed with My blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you''' (LUKE 22:20).
The imagery of becoming one in marriage mirrors the relationship God desires with each of us. ''This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one'' (GENESIS 2:24).
''I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one - I in them and you in me - so that they may be brought to complete unity'' (JOHN 17:22-23).
In a marriage, you share your life with another person. You depend ...
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