Everyone loves a great love story. Especially when the poor peasant girl receives the passion of the young prince and he sweeps her away from her horrible existence to the spectacular kingdom where she will live happily ever after. But it’s THE MOMENT in the fairy tale when the Prince approaches the poor girl offering his love. Royalty approaching poverty, head lowered in shame, face raised in expectation, words spoken in love, eyebrows lowered in question, eyes filled with tears, pupils wide in awe, a broad smile, heartbeats quickened, palms trembling, wide open arms, full embrace…this is what love feel like…this is THE MOMENT!
Jesus was no different than us when he observed a great love story and probably grew up asking his earthly Dad and Mom when they fell in love. He watched his friends fall in love and marry, he observed weddings even performed his first miracle (changing water into wine) at a wedding reception in Galilee. As a Rabbi he may even have performed wedding ceremonies. But Jesus himself never married and we don’t have record of his falling in love with any one woman in particular although he had great love for his mother Mary and a special friendship with two sisters Martha and Mary.
It was this Jewish Wedding imagery that Jesus was addressing when he described why he was sent from his Father (in heaven) to rescue his bride from this world. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever would believe in him would not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The Apostle Paul instructed “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27).
As we approach Easter at Ogden we are excited to focus on the Jewish Wedding imagery that Jesus described to his followers - especially focusing on THE MOMENT when God made his great proposal to mankind through Jesus Christ toward us. If you have never felt truly loved, or you know someone who needs to hear how truly loved they are, then I ask that you’ll invite them to hear about Jesus’ great love for them…this could be THE MOMENT!
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