Posts tagged beauty
Posts tagged beauty
Either way it is both an abreviation and we are way to dependent on abbreviating things so for this blog I’m gonna stick to wedding. I was on google this morning and I typed in the wedding of the church in google images, and I got pictures of beautiful church buildings like this
Which is absolutely beautiful in and of itself. This place probably has so much history and worth it would be unbelievable to value all of this. I also got pictures of wedding decorations in weddings like:
Where you can tell people put so much time and energy and money into making this church look like the most beautiful setting for a wedding that anyone around has ever seen. After all at your wedding don’t you want it to be the most beautiful thing that everyone who comes has ever seen. It says something about your wedding when it is represented but such an array of beautiful decor. But it only vaguely compares to the overwhelming beauty of the bride in the wedding:
While the bride stands down at the end of the aisle everyone is looking at her, because she is so attractive but yet she is going to meet the groom. The real picture I was looking for was actually none of these I was looking for some picture that would truly represent the church body as a whole in a wedding with Jesus. This is the greatest “wedd” of all time, this is the one we are all waiting for, our moment when we can open the doors and step down the aisle and walk towards our groom. When everyone is looking at the bride the bride is looking at the groom and the groom is gazing back with the most sincere love of all. This is what Jesus is showing us, as we gaze upon him ready to be with him for all of eternity he is gazing upon us with a love that is almost so unbearable, we are trapped in the gaze of his love. And it feels so good. That is what I mean by the “wedding of the church” not the beautiful building or the decorations for the wedding or the dress or the candles or statues in the church. But instead I wanted to see a picture that represents this beautiful joining of Christ with his church, but I realize that this picture is not something that we can find on the internet but it is a picture in which we live out daily. The wedding of the church is the story of our lives, the story of Christ’s love set out for us every day as we awake just like breakfast in bed. We are truly treated like the princess to the prince. Yet he is the King!
In the Word of the Lord we are all counted as the beautiful bride. It does not matter if no one in the world has ever counted us as beautiful we can always rest assured that Christ sees us as his beautiful bride. While I sit this morning and simply just think about the true meaning of the pure bride. Walking in white as a promise to her husband she has been faithful and remained pure. As we walking into the arms of the Lord down the aisle to him we have been forgiven our sin, he cleanses us and set us down the path towards him in a perfect white dress. He is the prize and we are on our way down the aisle.
Stop and think about how much you have been given. Then listen to the silence in the air. You may here the birds chirping or crickets still singing, but also it is in that silence that the Spirit of the Lord is dwelling. He is dwelling within us as his bride, with me at all times. In the quiet place I come to him with thanksgiving on my heart.
When I saw Katie look down at the ring which I was about to put on her finger it was like at first she was in utter shock and then she was completely overwhelmed with joy. There was nothing in that moment that could have distracted our joy from each other. As I think about this, we have been betrothed to be married to our King he has given us a gift as a symbol as well. He took on our sin so that we could be made whole. Giving us this incredible gift of grace. And it is in that moment where we realize that this grace is real and it really completely covers everything that we stand in utter shock. Then we begin to see the Love of our soon to be Groom as he covers us and holds us with this grace. It becomes a part of who we are. Just as the ring I gave Katie became a part of who she was. We now as betrothed to Jesus are covered in his love and there is a symbol on us which proclaims that we belong to Him.
So the Beauty of the Bride lies in the promise of her husband. He has given part of his identity to her. She accepts it by saying yes, and so the journey begins.