“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” (Rev 19:7)
Jesus Christ is the bridegroom. Among all relationships, perhaps the most beautiful and precious relationship is the loving relationship between the bridegroom and his bride. How is Jesus the bridegroom in our life?
Even though Apostle Peter failed to follow Jesus to Golgotha, his love for Lord Jesus Christ was evident. Jesus forgave Peter and appeared to him after His resurrection. He reminded Peter how much Peter loved Him and gave Peter the commission to feed and tend His sheep. Indeed, without love, no one can play the role of good shepherd for the Lord’s sheep. Peter was faithful until death. So was Apostle John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, and Apostle Paul. They all loved Jesus Christ who died for them. Do you relate to Jesus Christ as the lover of your soul?
It is not enough to read Bible stories and to hear wonderful testimonies in our families. We need to establish our own personal relationship with God. This personal relationship is established once we believe, repent and are baptized. However, this relationship must be nurtured so that it can grow into something intimate. Is the Lord Jesus Christ your heavenly father, master, friend, and beloved?
Committing to Jesus means to obey His commands and to keep His truth. Committing to Jesus is a lifetime venture, requiring time, work, and determination. However, we are not left alone to keep this commitment; God has granted us a great helper – the Holy Spirit. By the movement of the Holy Spirit, we need to perceive and respond to God’s will, His love, and our own wrongdoings. When we are able to feel His heart full of love for us, we will be constantly motivated to love and serve Him zealously in return. If we are able to feel His heartache for our mistakes, we will not repeat our sins against Him. We will strive to purify ourselves to be holy in the eyes of God and live a life worthy of the Lord.
“And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” (Rev 19:8)
Jesus Christ is our savior and lover of our soul. I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine (Song 6:3). Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with us to the end. As a bride adorned for her husband, we shall continue to prepare ourselves until we are ready to meet our Lord in glory.