Friday, March 23, 2012

The Beautiful Bride

As we gather here we represent a communion, a closeness of relationship between us, the gathered people of God, and our Lord Jesus.  Outside of Christ and His Church, there is no relationship closer than that of husband and wife.  It is a wonderful picture, Christ the bridegroom, we the bride. And just as Christ loves His Church and makes her beautiful, so husbands are to do so with their wives, love them and make them beautiful.
         And from Christ and His Church spring forth numerous children, further declaring the communion of many into one glorious unity.  Thus, a family, as a representative of Christ and His Church is to show forth this unity.
Sometimes the nuclear family is broken, husband to wife, or children to parents. This is another reason why there is so much beauty here, in Christ’s Church. He takes all these broken people, broken families, broken relationships and makes them all one in His Church.
         So, we are to image God’s unity in our marriages and in our homes but if we have failed to do so, for whatever reason, we can come here and find God’s family unified in Christ. In Him, we are all one and the Lord will continue to knit us together, in Him, through His Spirit until we are without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.

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