This is my introduction to yesterday’s Valentine’s Day talk, “What is love?” The world’s greatest romance.
If you are a visitor with us today, you might curious about Christianity, and ask “Is there anything romantic about being a Christian?” After all, it seems to dull and lifeless. Well, I want to show you how romance lies at the very heart of God and of the Christian life.
If you have been a Christian for a while and the romance of the gospel has ebbed away that romance needs to kept alive. So if you are a follower of Jesus and have lost your first love, I pray that this morning you will recover it.
At the heart of the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, there is the greatest romance of all time. This is how the gospel goes:
The eternal Son of God left the company of his loving Father to go in search of a bride. The Son of God became a human being, with two natures, fully God and fully man, born of a virgin in a stable in Bethlehem.
He grew up and drew great crowds after him. Lots of people loved him, they were fascinated by his wisdom and righteousness, grace and peace.
His bride to be was not a beautiful princess, at least not yet. The bride of Christ was a down and out. She was all messed up, dysfunctional, broken by sin, hurt and filthy, but Jesus loved her and would give his life for her.
And that’s what he did, Jesus died on a cross is for his bride.
He died for her because he couldn’t marry her as long as a death sentence hung over her head. She had rebelled against her loving God and deserved to die. The penalty for her rebellion and sin was death. And so the eternal Son of God could not marry her until she could live with him forever. He had to die for her if he was to marry her.
His death and resurrection were his engagement gifts to her. He returned to his father to prepare the wedding feast and sealed his love with His Holy Spirit.
The bride is the church and with the help of her lover’s Spirit, she now prepares herself for her wedding day.
Every follower of Jesus is a part of the bride.
If you are a Christian, your goal in life is to be ready for your wedding day. Today’s talk is on how to prepare for that day.
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. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”