Day 36: The Lamb as Bridegroom
…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing of water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Lamb, the Bridegroom, brings much more to the table than His beauty. When Paul writes of Christ in His role as groom, he gives a standard to men that is daunting, but he also lays out for us so many reasons to adore our Bridegroom. Michael Reeves said, “Before all else, the Bride needs to hear of the Bridegroom, of how good he is and how winning his love,” and that is what this entire series is designed to do—to get us to behold the Lamb, to gaze on Him until His glory breaks through to our hearts—until we give Him ourselves wholeheartedly.
Our Bridegroom is faithful—so faithful that He is given the name Faithful and True. There is nothing in Him that can make Him turn His head and look at another. He loves us—loves us so much that He gave His life for us. He made us holy and blameless by taking all of our ugliness and filth on Himself and removing it as far as the East is from the West. He presents us to Himself, radiant—because we are clothed in His righteousness. He feeds and cares for us, watches over us, guides us. His goal is to bring us to Himself and keep us for all eternity.
We may feel as if we aren’t spotless and ready yet, but when we see Him we will be made like Him. In an instant we will be transformed, and all of His desires, all of His efforts for us will be fulfilled! What a wonderful Bridegroom is the Lamb!
• Have you thought about the fact that Christian marriages are supposed to represent the marriage of the Lamb and the Bride? In what ways does that affect your view of marriage?
• Using what is noted above, take some time and worship the Lord for His characteristics as a Bridegroom.
Lord, the Ephesians 5 passage indicates that I need to submit to You, and I confess that I do not do that well. It is one of the stains for which I need Your cleansing. You are such a perfect Groom, I know You will do this. You will love me unconditionally, tenderly, jealously. You are so faithful to feed, and lead, and protect until that day when You will come to claim Your Bride.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries