TLIC Daily. Day 363. December 29: His bride has made herself ready.

Revelation 19:6-8. Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

Our relationship to God and to Christ are described in many different ways in scripture. Some might be a little less flattering, like when scripture calls God the potter and us the clay. Or God the shepherd and us the sheep. Ouch.

But the scriptures nor the indwelling Spirit leave us as simply clay to be manipulated, or sheep to be protected. We progress next into a relationship of master-servant, serving God’s righteous will. And then, even deeper, into a relationship of friendship sharing the purpose of Christ. And then from friendship to son-ship. God’s own adopted children. The brothers and sisters of Jesus himself.

And surely this adoption into the family of God, sharing his divine nature and Christ’s own inheritance, is as great a relationship as we could possibly imagine. Surely our son-ship is the height of intimacy with God. Isn’t it?

No. Son-ship is not the mountain top experience where Revelation 19 finds us at the end of all things. When the smoke clears and Christ is exalted, what then is the consummation of our relationship with him?

Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;

Marriage. We are the Bride of the Lamb. As humanity began in the garden with a wedding so too it will begin anew with a wedding. The wedding of Christ, the second Adam, to his Church, the new Eve. Jesus finally becoming “one flesh” with us. One spirit. One in intimacy. One in impact. One in all his righteousness.

it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

By grace it will be granted to us both individually and corporately to clothe ourselves in purity. In his righteous deeds. As his bride, we will finally be what we have failed to be all along – perfectly in love with God.  

The Princess Bride: A tale of true love.

Yes, today we are Christ’s cheating, adulterous fiancé (James 4:4). Like Hosea’s Gomer, we too often run from his grace. We chase other lovers. We move in with them thinking they are the one that is supporting us, clothing us, feeding us. But in reality it is has been Jesus all along.

And like righteous Hosea, Jesus refuses to put us away. As God with Israel, Christ has rejected the notion of divorce. Rather, in covenant love, he daily takes us into the wilderness to woo us at his oasis of compassion and care. Like the shepherd of the Song of Songs, he invites us to his garden of grace to enjoy his perfect, unfailing love. A love unlike anything from this world. A love that overcomes all our fears and all our faithlessness.

The end of days vision of “to live is Christ” is not a one of a potter molding clay, or of a shepherd guiding sheep. It is not a master commanding his servants to begin their eternal labors. It is not even a vision of a doting Father enjoying his children as they sit on his lap.

The end of days is two star crossed lovers, emerging from the wilderness, leaning on each other.

Song 8:5. Who is that coming up from the wilderness,
    leaning on her beloved?

The end of days is knowing that every desire of your heart will be eternally satisfied by Jesus’ desire for you.

Song 7:10. I am my beloved’s,
    and his desire is for me.

The end of days is two souls sharing a love so powerful that nothing can ever destroy it. Not even death.

Song 8:6. Set me as a seal upon your heart…
   for love is strong as death.
   
The end of days is us and Jesus both finally equally righteous. Both finally equally in love. Both finally equally safe in each other’s arms.

Song 6:13. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.

You

How do you see your relationship to God: clay, sheep, servant, son, bride?

You in Christ

Christ loves you so much he would literally share a spirit with you. How does this make you feel?

Christ in you

How might your betrothal to Jesus change how you live today?

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Playlist: Bride of Christ.

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