By: Staci Stallings
Last time we talked about how we are the Body of Christ that Jesus is the head and the Church is the Body. Today we’re going to talk about a similar Scripture that is actually told and retold in many different ways in the Bible. It is the idea that Jesus is our Bridegroom. Now for the men in the audience, stay with me here because this is cool.
First off, let’s start with what the term “husband” means. You all know that a husband should love his wife even as he loves himself. That is, he is to take care of her. In fact, Genesis says this, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:23-2
So the fact that Jesus is our Bridegroom (note how that term encompasses both in a marriage though we typically view it as only the groom) means that He is our husband to take care of us and our wife to support us and that He has taken us and united Himself with us! Jesus is our husband. He is our caretaker, our provider, our protector.
Further, He is one with us in the flesh and Spirit. He is not over there when we’re having trouble. He’s right HERE and He’s bringing His best answer into the situation.
Going further, Jesus is also our Lord.
Now this term has been used so much, we don’t even hear it. But what does the term “Lord” mean?
Well, in Medieval times a lord (small l) was the owner of the manor or land. There were lords who owned everything, vassals who exchanged their services to the lords for the ability to manage a portion of the land, and fiefs who actually worked the land.
The lord could do whatever he wanted with the vassals and the fiefs. He could allow them to “rent” his land for a period of time. He could also throw them out if he so chose. He was “lord” of his property.
When we say Jesus is Lord of our lives or Lord in our lives, that term encompasses two distinct but entwined ideas. The capital L means that Jesus is not a human lord, He is Divine. He is God. So He doesn’t just own a plot of land. He owns EVERYTHING!
Further, He is the owner. He’s not renting. He’s not there at the graciousness of someone else. He is LORD.
So, when you put these two concepts together, you begin to see the incredible difference Jesus can make in your life. He is Lord–the Divine owner of everything–and He is your husband-wife. He is there to support you, to love you, to protect you, to help you, to comfort you…
As Dr. Lee A. Simpson says, “Never say I’ve got a problem. Say, ‘God, we’ve got a problem.””
He goes on to say that if the electric company turns off your lights, they don’t just turn off the wife’s lights or the husband’s lights. They turn off ALL the lights. When you make a marriage covenant with someone, you’re in life together. His problems become your problems and your problems become his problems.
It’s the same with God. When you enter into a covenant relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit, you’ve joined a TEAM. You’ve set them up as the LORD of your life. Your problems are now Their problem. They are your husband, your caretaker, and they are one with you. So if you’ve got a problem, don’t try to handle it yourself! Tell God. Let Him help. Beg Him to help. He will because your good is his good as well just as it is in a marriage.
Not only that, but God will always come searching for you no matter how lost you get, no matter what you’ve done, God still loves you. Just check out what Hosea was willing to do for his wife Gomer. But that’s for another time…
Have a blessed day!