Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. (Revelation 19:7 TM)
As a guy, the whole concept of being "the bride of Christ" has been a difficult metaphor for my mind or heart to embrace. And then I married Wendy. One of our dear small group friends commented a while back that it was fun to watch Wendy "bloom as a woman" through our relationship. She was right, it is fun – and amazing – to watch. In fact, watching it gave me a much better idea of what it means to be Jesus’ bride. I’ve watched Wendy be more at peace with herself and others. I’ve watched as the safety that comes from the marriage relationship has allowed more of herself – her true self – to emerge. Watching it has given me an appreciation of what it means to finally be one with Christ – to finally know peace and safety. I’m looking forward to seeing the fullness of who I am and who I was created to be emerge as I’m united with Christ. And, knowing the joy of watching Wendy – I can appreciate the joy it will be for Him to watch it happen.
To top it all off – the wedding reception’s going to be a blast.