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Day 9: The Bridegroom Longs for You

Matthew 9:15 - And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Our lives are a part of a grand love story, because God is a lover. Throughout scripture God calls Himself, “Bridegroom” and “Husband” (Eph 5:32, Hos 2:16) and His people are affectionately called His Bride. God is love and He is in love with you. His love is not tame, but jealous (protective and exclusive), endless, and passionate.  Throughout church history, many Christians have read the Song of Songs as a picture of the love between Jesus and His Church, the Bride. In Song 8:6-7, the Bride says to her Beloved:

“Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame.
Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it.If a man would give for loveAll the wealth of his house,It would be utterly despised.”

What a beautiful picture of Jesus love for us! It is stronger than death; in fact, his love drove Him to the cross. He could not bear to be separated from us. His desire is like a flame of fire that consumes every part of us. Nothing can quench this love; no, nothing can separate us from the love of God. We are sealed as His own possession.

As the Bride says, “I am my Beloved’s and His desire is for me.” (Song 7:10)

It is glorious when the church is rooted in her bridal identity.  Who are we?  We are His and He longs for us. His heart is drawn to us. He is constantly pursuing us. He wants to be with us, to know us, and to be one with us. (Eph 5:31-32). His love is intense, but it’s also full of joy. Jesus is smiling. As the Song declares, “His love is better than wine.”(Song 1:2) Yes, His love is intoxicating. Taste and see that He is good.

Our story ends with a wedding. “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb [Jesus] has come, and His wife [the church] has made herself ready.” Rev. 19:7. Every bride is excited and eagerly waits for her wedding day and in the same way the church looks to that day with hope. “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’” (Rev. 22:17).

Before the return of Christ, the Holy Spirit and the church will be asking and longing for Jesus to return. Jesus is alive, burning in love for us and waiting for His wedding day. Be happy! We’re getting married to God! He has prepared a diamond city for us to live in, and He will dwell with us and make everything beautiful! (Rev. 21).

Jaime Dicke, Amherst MA,
10 Days Pioneer Valley