The Bridegroom

The book of Hosea vividly describes the radical nature of God's love for His people.  Although Israel persistently pursued other gods, God continued to pursue Israel.  The relationship is likened to a faithful husband pursuing an unfaithful bride.  God promised that a day would come when His people would no longer run after other gods and would call Him, "My Husband". On that day God would betroth Israel to Himself forever (Hosea 2:16-20).

In light of this language of husband and wife, we read the words of Jesus in Mark's Gospel, "As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast."  Jesus is saying, "I am the Bridegroom."  Therefore, there is no need to fast but rather rejoice. To be in the presence of the Bridegroom demands rejoicing. The Psalmist wrote, "In your presence there is fullness of joy" (Psalm 16:11).

Jesus claim also demanded his hearers to acknowledge His deity.  If Jesus is the bridegroom, then Jesus is claiming a title reserved for the Creator of the Universe.  If this is true, then a relationship with this Jesus changes everything.  He is not merely too be seen as something we add to our already full lives.  Rather, our love for Him should be evident in how every aspect of our lives now submits to His rule.

Is your life marked by joy? To be in relationship with Jesus should bring great joy.

Is your life submitted to His lead? If He is our Creator than He is also our ruler.

Does your everyday life (schedule, spending habits, relationships, sex life, etc.) reflect your love for Him? If He is our Bridegroom than He should be our first love.