24: Bridegroom’s Friend
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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Who is the Bride of Christ, and how does she make herself ready? These questions and more are explored in this piercing series as Martha digs deep into the blessings AND requirements of Christ's own Bride.
The disciples saw Jesus as Conqueror of Rome. Herod feared Him as King of Israel. The high priests envied Him as Favorite of the People, only John the Baptist called Him…the Bridegroom. In all the New Testament, there is only one who names Him this…John, the wild prophet.
He who has the bride is the bridegroom, but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.
John 3:29-30 NASB
This final prophet of Old Testament type, served Christ, the Bridegroom, in unique understanding of His search and desire for a worthy Bride. John “stood” in abiding commitment to the Bridegroom. John “heard” with deep comprehension, the loneliness of the Bridegroom. John “spoke” in the power of his passion for Another’s passion. His voice and his message washed the sin-veil from the eyes of the bride so she could see her Bridegroom when He passed by. And John took the selfless place as friend of the Bridegroom.
Friend: whose entire life-joy was the gladness of the Bridegroom, whose goal was not his own alliance of love, nor his own link to Jesus but the purpose of Jesus’ deepest heart, that of gaining a Bride.
Many are those in self-centered service for their idea of Christ’s need. Few are the friends of the Bridegroom who by profound understanding of His purpose want only His satisfaction by the disregard of their own.
This then is my pleasure and joy, and it is now complete.
John 3:29 AMP
The Love Search and the Patient Pursuit by this Son of God for His redeemed Adam-Eve, was John’s utter experience of joy. His personal fulfillment rested on the Bridegroom’s fulfillment. For that John lived, and for that he died.
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