Friday, 19 September 2014
Found In Him: Scripture for Chapter 8
In chapter 8 we come to the central image of our relationship with Jesus. He’s our perfect husband.
As Elyse points out,
“Marriage with him is more than a metaphor; it is the reality that all the other metaphors describe.” p. 155.
Our fearful lostness began when we were cast out of the Garden of Eden, but it doesn’t just end when we’re found. It culminates when we’re swept up in Jesus’ arms. That will be a feast to end all feasts (Revelation 19:6-8), where the invitation list has the heading “Blessed!” The bride will be presented in breathtaking splendor (Revelation 21:2) and we will dance the aeons away with our Beloved.
This is where we are headed if we are in Christ.
Do you remember your wedding day? Are you still hungry for a wedding day? Bring your memories and longings to this chapter this week. You have a husband and he is everything you ever hoped for!
Day 1. Ephesians 5:25, 5:2, Romans 4:25. “He gave himself up for us.” How did Christ give himself up for us according to these verses? Think about your own marriage or your hopes for marriage. What do you hope your husband will give up for you? When have you felt most loved by him? Jesus held nothing back. Know his embrace today and pour out your love in response.
Day 2. Genesis 2:24-25, 1 Corinthians 6:16-17. “I do.” When Jesus takes us as his bride, he takes us into the safest place, where we are both known and loved. Naked and unashamed. Where do you fear being exposed? What makes you cringe with shame? Enter into your union with Jesus today in prayer. Tell him every grief, shame, fear, and secret in the hidden place where he holds you.
Day 3. Colossians 1:21-22, Ephesians 5:27, 2 Corinthians 11:2. “If anyone knows why these two should not be lawfully wedded, speak now…” These verses tell you how Jesus made you ready to be his bride. Write down what they say about what he did. Write down what they say about who you are now. Picture yourself before him in the wedding gown of your dreams and the beauty he has given you. Look into his eyes and see yourself as pure.
Day 4. Genesis 2:23, 1 Corinthians 12:27. “At last!” That’s what we say when we find our true love. We want to take him to ourselves and never let him go. Picture Jesus saying the words in Genesis 2:23 to you. Then go to 1 Corinthians 12:27 and read what you are now. Bone of my bones. His body. His “at last!” It’s true right now.
Day 5. Romans 8:35-36, 38-39. “Till death do us part.” The covenant of his love is eternal. His death brought you together. But now he is alive never to die again. Do you feel distant from him today? Do you doubt God’s love for you in Jesus? What has come between you? Read and believe these verses. Then sing for joy!
He is our perfect husband! Enjoy his love for you this week.