What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.
Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.” – Mark 2:19-20
I love how the Lord refers to himself as the Bridegroom. As a woman, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the idea of romance. I like the courting, the ceremony, and all aspects of a loving relationship. Remembering that Christ is our (the church’s) Bridegroom reminds me that He desires to be my first love. It is for Him that I should be living, loving, and anxiously awaiting.
For a time, our Bridegroom lived among us here on earth. While He was here it was only fitting that the people around Him should enjoy His company, absorbing as much of His wisdom as possible. Now, our Bridegroom has gone to prepare a place for us. In His absence, we are to wait with longing anticipation of when He might return again.
Christmas is the perfect time to remind our children of how Christ is our Bridegroom and we are His bride. One day soon He will return for us. Until He comes again, we should be doing all we can to prepare for His arrival. This is a good time to reflect on our own lives. Are we growing in maturity and wisdom? Are we using our gifts to benefit His church? Are we waiting for Him with hope? Are we encouraging others to join in His family?
To help our children have a better understanding of how Christ is our Bridegroom, I thought it would be fun to talk about weddings! We showed pictures of our wedding and even watched our wedding video. The kids get a kick out of this every time. (They watch it a lot, for some reason.) A friend recently dropped off a huge platter of cookies. ‘Lo and behold; there were wedding cookies on it! This helped us along with our lesson as well.
There is so much in the wedding ceremony itself that points to Christ: the bride is pure before her groom; the groom comes for her and claims her for his own from her father; they become one; they celebrate their union; and (usually) the groom carries the bride into their home (this is a lovely picture of us being “caught up” into heaven).
During Christmas, I want our kiddos to remember that this little baby was born to live, die, and conquer death. His service was motivated by pure love; a love for us! He is our one true love who will return for us. We will be caught up into heaven and there we will remain with Him for all eternity.
Another valuable lesson, which taught me as much as it did my children.
When was the last time you watched your wedding video and remembered how the adventure started?