Monday, May 15, 2017

The Bridegroom and His Bride

As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Isaiah 62:5

Joy. Love. Uncontained excitement. A new name. A new home. Beginnings, long awaited, hoped for, believed. The promise of forever. Preparing for the wedding of my nephew, thinking on the death of two dear friends, reminds me that one day all who call Jesus their Lord will attend a glorious wedding. We will be the bride.

The groom’s eyes glow as he beholds his bride, joyful and radiant as she starts down the aisle. Hopes and dreams about their new life stretch out before them. And the guests celebrate. Clothed in their best, their finest jewelry, with joyful smiles, they watch, a few with tears, always with prayers.

For those who belong to the Jesus, His Church, He waits with the light of love glowing in His eyes, His hand outstretched. As a bride takes the name of her husband, believers will bear the new name Jesus gives forever. Revelation 2: 17 says, “[He] will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.”

My dear mother-in-law longed for that day, ready long before it came, her heart eager to meet her Lord and behold His face. Earthly partings contain sorrow. We don’t know when we will meet our loved ones again. But when all true believers are gathered in heaven, nothing will ever separate them from their Lord or their loved ones again.

One that day, they will meet Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, and be joined with the Bridegroom forever. And He will rejoice over them. Now is the time of preparation. The heart of the bride must be ready, longing to please her Lord, beating faster when she hears His name, for she will be His forever.

Matthew 25 tells of five foolish virgins whose lamps ran out of oil. They fell asleep and missed the coming of the bridegroom. They failed to hear his call, as one day Jesus will call all who belong to Him.

We must make certain our hearts are ready, that we are awake, prepared, and waiting for His call.

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Revelation 19:9)

© Copyright by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, March 16, 2017
About the author:
Norma Gail is the author of the contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 40 years. They have two adult children.
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  1. Thank you for this inspiring post. My mother met her bridegroom on Feb. 20 and I believe that she is reunited with her earthly husband. Comfort in the face of sorrow!

    1. What a blessing! Thanks for sharing! My sympathy for your loss.

  2. Lovely post. A beautiful reminder to be ready for our Heavenly bridegroom.