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Sermons about Betrothal
I. God feels a divine jealousy for His betrothed bride the church (2 Cor. 11:2) II Ancient customs of betrothal and its significance to the church...the Bride of Christ *the match *the bride price *the betrothed dinner (Rev 3:20) *the betrothal cup (Matt. 26:27-29, Luke 22:20) *the purification ritual and its significance *the son goes to prepare a place for his bride (John 14:1-6) *the son sends gifts while the bride awaits his return (John 14:16) *Finally the day arrives and the bridegroom goes to get his bride (Matt 25) *The bridegroom and his bride celebrate the marriage feast (Rev. 19:9, 1 Thess. 4:16)
Under Old Testament law, if a virgin who was betrothed to a man would be raped by another man and she cried out she would not be killed. If she did not cry out she would be killed. In like manner, we are betrothed to JESUS by a blood covenant and He and your brotherhood are ready and willing to help if you would only CRY OUT! The Old Testament tells of several blood covenants between GOD and man. In each of the covenants, men or animals were the ones that shed the blood. In "The Blood Covenant" of the New Testament, JESUS was the one who shed the blood for man. Communion is a renewal of our blood covenant with CHRIST, and our commitment to cry out in our times of need.
Will you miss the wedding banquet, heaven itself, by your own choice? Will you miss the wedding banquet, heaven itself, by your own negligence? Will you miss the wedding banquet, heaven itself, because of your self-righteousness? Or will you be watching, waiting and looking for your Bridegroom to come and be blessed?
Today Pastor Michael asks the questions: If Jesus came and snatched you away and took you to Heaven would you be more like Christ or more like the world? Is your spiritual beauty all external or internal? Is your wedding garment spotless is it white as snow? Do you spiritually look your best today? Are you ready to be married for eternity to the King of kings and Lord of lords?
The Bridegroom Jesus is making preparations to return for His Bride, the Church, and we can see that it will be soon that we will hear the trumpet by looking at the signs of the times. We need to ask ourselves are we arrayed in our bridal attire? When Jesus comes to claim His Bride will you be prepared? Jesus paid the price for all and offers everyone the glass of the New Covenant. Have you and will you accept His wedding proposal to be part of a “Wedding of a Lifetime”?