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We Are His Bride

Bride and FlowersWe Are The Bride Of Christ

If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior and forgive you of your sins, you are a part of the bride of Christ. This means something. This is significant. I’m not going to steal his thunder, but Pastor Scotty Smith captures the essence of this glorious truth in a prayer that he published on Justin Taylor’s blog. I post the prayer in its entirety for your encouragement:

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Isa. 62:5

Most holy and loving Jesus, we realize we’re not the primary focus, point or end of anything. We’re thrilled history is irrepressibly heading toward the glorious Day when your redeemed people and the restored creation will finally give you honor, praise, and glory you deserve. All things are being summed up in you, made new by you, and prepared for you. That day cannot come too soon.

That being said, it’s shocking to realize how much you love us—how much you actually make of us, Lord Jesus. Knowing you’ve forgiven all our sins is more than enough reason to praise you for eternity. Knowing you’ve covered us with your perfect righteousness is reason to praise you for ten eternities. But to see and believe you’ve made us your cherished Bride is staggering… thrilling… and ever so liberating. We’re not just going to heaven when we die, we’re entering a bridal chamber when you return.

How can this be, Lord Jesus? How can this possibly be? You’ve made us, a most unlikely and unworthy people, your bride, wife and queen for all eternity. This isn’t the story of Cinderella we’re in. There was nothing about us, or in us, that made us attractive to you. We’re the mean stepmother and the two conniving stepsisters—completely ill-deserving of your pursuit and affection. But such is the measure of your mercy and grandeur of your grace. You loved us in your death and now you serve us by your life.

One Day we’ll be radiant with your beauty and filled with your joy, Lord Jesus, for we’ll see you as you are and we will be made like you. Hasten that most longed for moment. But on that Day, our wedding day, your rejoicing won’t be any greater or your singing any louder than it is in this day. All of this is true because the gospel is true. We believe this, free us from our unbelief. So very Amen we pray, in your matchless name and endless affection.

HT: Justin Taylor

A Little Grace For Today

john calvin

 

Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.

– John Calvin

Receive The Grace That Is In Front of You

A hand held out to receive grace

No matter where you are grace is right in front of you.

There are days when I struggle just to acknowledge the sovereignty of God over everything. I was having one of those days a couple of weeks ago. In fact it had stretched out from being one of those days to being one of those weeks. I was spiritually coasting and I was needing to get my eyes and my heart back on Jesus. One evening later that week I was spending time with one of my brothers in the Lord and he said something that has stuck with me everyday since then. He said something to the effect of “receive the grace that is in front of you.”

Normally a comment like that would slip right by, but the Holy Spirit used the comment and the giver of the comment to teach me two very important things:

1. I need to spend time with my brothers and sisters in Christ as often as possible. This goes way beyond seeing them at a church service. I mean living life together so that I get this kind of gospel encouragement daily. This will keep me from being led away by my own deceitful heart (Hebrews 3:12-14).

2. No matter where I am and what I have done, grace is always right in front of me and it is greater than my sin. I don’t know about you but there are days at work when I have blown it. I have not used my time wisely or done my work as unto the Lord. Maybe I have had a lustful thought or just have been selfish and prideful. On days like that I just want a do-over. Instead of a do-over, Jesus is standing there holding out His arms as if to say, “If you will forsake your sin I will heal you and give you joy” (I John 1:9).

There is so much hope in knowing that Jesus will always be there for me. That He is reaching out to me through my brothers and sisters in Christ. That His grace is ever before me if I would but leave my sin behind and come to Him empty handed to be filled. That’s grace. That’s worship. That’s good.

The Lord of the Wine

A glass of red wine

Lord of the Wine

Jesus Invites You To A Party Like No Other!

I recently have tried to invest more time into listening to good sermons instead of spending time in front of the television. It is so tempting to come home from work and inadvertently make an idol out of entertainment. In the process of being led to this grace, I have come across some great teachings about Jesus that I would like to share with you. One in particular is a sermon from Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City, entitled Lord of the Wine. I have taken the liberty of posting the sermon audio file below along with a set of notes that I took while listening. I strongly urge you to invest the 38 minutes or so to listen to this sermon. I especially urge skeptics who think of Jesus and Christianity as a dull, dead, religion to consider what Pastor Keller is saying.

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Lord of the Wine

Tim Keller – Redeemer Presbyterian – New York City

John 2:1-11

1. Jesus reveals who He was – the true Lord of the feast
• I come to invite all who will believe to a feast like no other – Is. 25:6

2. Jesus reveals what He came to do – give His blood for our wine – John2:4
• In the midst of joy (a wedding) Jesus is sipping the coming sorrow so that in the midst of sorrow (life here), we might sip of the coming joy

3. Jesus reveals what He came to offer
• Powerful sensation – Not just believing the beauty but actually tasting the beauty of Christ Ps. 34:8; Ps.119:18
– Hunger for the beauty of Christ
– Satisfied by the beauty of Christ
• Complete reception – You are my beautiful bride and I want to give myself to you

How do you receive all of this?

• Admit that you are out (your glass is empty)

• Take the credit for what Jesus is done (receive His righteousness)

Practical hooks to this passage:
• Go to Jesus with little things – even a wine shortage is not too small – v.3
• Submit to His timing – v.4-5
• The perfect marriage is yet to come – Rev.19
• You have power over your joy