Readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Ephesians 4:1-6, John 17:6-11, 20-24
Always and Forever
Our daughter is getting married in nine days. Everything we’ve been planning and doing is to celebrate their love. They have such good examples of lasting love in our family - my parents will soon celebrate their 60th anniversary. My aunt and uncle already celebrated over 50 years. Kevin’s aunt and uncle have been married over 70 years! These strong examples of love pale next to the Father’s love of the Son though. Look at John 17, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” You loved me before the creation of the world! Even the most devoted spouse can’t claim that. Kevin and I met our senior year in high school, and our prom theme was “always and forever.” That’s been ‘our phrase’ since then. In Christ, it’s true - we can love always and forever because God’s plan before creation was based on His infinite love. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Ephesians 1:4) Planning a wedding is complicated, and my mind can’t even comprehend the kind of love and planning the Lord set in motion before time began. God is good, for all time, and Jesus wants us with Him to celebrate that love. We are the bride of Christ, and we don’t have to plan the wedding feast - He has done it all!
Praising our Holy Bridegroom with you, Tracy