THE ROYAL WEDDING, WILL YOU BE THERE? PART 1

THE ROYAL WEDDING, WILL YOU BE THERE? PART 1

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Most people enjoy a good wedding. There is something special about them, something meaningful and indeed deeply spiritual. They are events at which we can rejoice and be glad for the newlywed couple by celebrating their special day with them.   Billions watched the pageantry and grandeur of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on TV, whilst hundreds of thousands lined the streets of London and a lucky few attended in person. Well, one day we will have the opportunity to attend a royal wedding; the wedding between the King of Kings and His bride. With this thought in mind we want to share a question God posed to us here at Emmaus in early 2014: “will the Groom come for a bride who despises His own family?” Jesus, the Church and Israel The Bible contains many texts alluding to the relationship between Jesus and His people as similar to that of a bride and groom. It’s a theme in the old testament that continues into the new. Examples are to be found in Hosea 2, Ephesians 5 or Revelation 21.   So in considering God’s question, “will the Groom come for a bride who despises His own family” we must start by acknowledging the Groom’s heritage: Jesus was a Jew. He was born of the line of David. “I am the root and the offspring of David and the bright Morning Star.”[i] Jesus a Jewish Messiah He was born into a Jewish family, dedicated at the temple on the 8th day in accordance with Jewish custom, went up to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover each...
DOES HE KNOW YOU?

DOES HE KNOW YOU?

“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:22-23) Can you imagine standing before the Lord on the Day of Judgment, thinking that you knew Him and did great works in his name, and yet His response to you is “I never knew you. Get away from me!” The seriousness of this passage cannot be overlooked. The sobering tragedy here is the understanding that many will think they were in right relationship with Jesus, having done many great works in His name, and yet He tells them He never knew them! They thought they knew Him but they did not. A relationship only works when both parties know each other. It cannot be one-sided. How can a husband know his wife if they don’t spend time together, talking, relating, getting to know everything about each other? How can a daughter know her father if she doesn’t spend time with him? She can know about him, she can know what she’s been told about him, but that is not the same as knowing him by interacting with him, listening to him, talking to him and letting him know her. We can’t know other people unless we allow them to know us, unless we trust them, spend time with them, interact with them, deal with issues with them, relate to them. It is the same with Jesus. How can He know us, if we don’t...