The Bible compares the relationship of Jesus and His church to that of a Bride and Groom. We, the church of Jesus Christ are the Bride, and Jesus is the Bridegroom. John the Baptist in explaining that he was not the Christ said in John 3:29, “He who has the Bride is the Bridegroom.” The most incredible writing of this relationship to me is in the book of the Bible “The Song of Solomon”. In chapter one verse fifteen, the Bridegroom declares, “How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful you are!” In verse sixteen, the Bride declares, “How handsome you are, my beloved, and so pleasant!”
Jesus desires a relationship with His church of both intimacy and passion. He has that for us and wants to develop that in us. In Philippians 3:8, the apostle Paul says, “More than that, I count all things to be a loss in the view of knowing Jesus Christ my Lord.” This is a passion and desire for intimacy.
Ephesians 5:22-33 compares the relationship and responsibilities of the husband and wife to the relationship of Jesus and his church. Verse 25 tells husbands to “Love your wife as Christ also loved the church.” Verse 27 shows the Lord’s desire to “Present to Himself the church in all her glory having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” Such an accomplishment would take Jesus close and personal involvement in our lives, and a passionate response to Him on our part to have such relationship.
The twenty first chapter of the book of Revelation describes a new heaven and earth. Verse 2 states, “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a Bride adorned for husband.” The teachings of the Bible show us that Jesus is not in love with architecture, but, the people who inhabit the city, His people, His Bride. Revelation 22:17 says, “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”
Jesus, being God the Son, has infinite ability and capacity in His heart to love and be involved with countless individuals and His corporate church at the same time. The Lord and His heaven has room for ALL who will come to Him. Heaven is the pure, undiluted, eternal presence of God, and we’re all invited to be with Him there. Heaven is a choice… We hope it is yours!
– Eternally His, Joe and Debbie Mayer