“The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.” John 3:29
In many Christian circles, the Church (universal) is referred to as “the Bride of Christ.” I realize and acknowledge that some theologians do not agree that Christ ever really referred to His followers as his “bride.” As I look at scripture in its entirety, I do find John the Baptist’s remark above (John 3:29) revealing. A) John knew his place was to foretell and make way for, B) Christ, the Messiah, who would have a loving and committed relationship with His followers. John knew he was simply a messenger; he was not the Messiah.
The reality TV show, “Bridezillas,” is interesting. It follows a woman as she plans and prepares for her wedding day. As stress increases, her coping skills decrease. As more is expected of her, the less lovely she feels; therefore, the less lovely she acts. The “Bridezilla” becomes consume with the event and seems to lose sight of her groom. I fondly refer to this as really wanting a wedding, but not really being prepared for a marriage.
I admit I never watch the show; however, based on commercials there really isn’t a whole lot of brainpower involved in understanding the plot. Happy girl gets the ring. Happy girl plans the party. Somewhere in the mix, happy girl becomes a holy terror.
Are we? Are we, as the Bride of Christ, a loving bride or a roaring Bridezilla? As stress increases in the spiritual realm, are our coping skills decreasing? As more is expected (and needed) of us, are we remaining loyal and lovely? Have we lost sight of our Groom in all the flowers and fluff of a particular church (building)?
Do we want the relationship with Jesus without preparing for the “big day” – His return? I really shouldn’t expect us to answer individually for the universal Church. So, let me ask it this way, “Am I madly and deeply in love with Jesus? Am I prepared for His return?”
Here comes the Bride…dedicated or demanding?