One of God’s names is “Bridegroom”.*

I compiled a list of His names and attributes many years ago. It proved quite the undertaking. After all, God is EVERYTHING that is good, righteous, and holy. While my list is probably not all-inclusive, it is quite extensive (I would be happy to share it with you. Just send an email with your request).

These pages will highlight many of those names and attributes and can be a springboard for your personal devotions or Bible study. Come back often and see what I’ve added. May God bless you as you discover more about Him and grow in grace!

BRIDEGROOM (By Janine Mick Wills)

Wedding Jeff and Jennifer
Jeff and our daughter Jennifer on her wedding day. 2010

Who doesn’t love a wedding? I still tear up as I watch a beautiful young lady, dressed in white, coming down the aisle on the arm of her loving father. I bring out my hankie when the father hands his precious daughter over to the man that will from that moment on love and care for her.

But let’s be honest, who gets the most attention at a wedding? The bride or the bridegroom? The answer obviously is the bride. All eyes are on her. The bridegroom is more of an accessory. But there is Bridegroom Who will outshine His bride at their wedding and through all eternity. That Bridegroom is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 19:5, though not referring to Christ says, “Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race”. One day our Bridegroom will leave heaven’s portals and come back for us. Then we will be His chaste and holy bride (Revelation 19:7-9). At this time He will not be despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3), but instead, will be strong in power and might (Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory).

Isaiah 61:10 refers to our being “clothed with the garments of salvation” and being covered “with the robe of righteousness” as ones given by “a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments”. As the bride of Christ wearing our jewels we are to “greatly rejoice in the LORD”.

A wedding is a happy time (Well, maybe not for the father of the bride, who not only gives away his most prized possession, his daughter but then has to pay for the whole thing to boot!). But our heavenly wedding will be a far happier occasion (Jeremiah 33:11The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD). How could we not rejoice when we are liberated from these sinful bodies by the One Who redeemed us?

In several of the Gospel accounts, the disciples of John and the Pharisees asked Jesus why His disciples did not fast like they did (Matthew 9:14, 15; Mark 2:18-20; Luke 5:33-35). Jesus told them that as long as He, the Bridegroom, was with them, they could rejoice and enjoy His fellowship, but the day would come when He would leave them. This sadness would predispose their fasting. We can use this in application. When we are in fellowship with the Lord, we are full and life is sweet. When sin breaks that fellowship, our souls “fast” in sadness.

Matthew 25:1-13 is the story of the ten virgins, who went to meet their bridegroom. Five were wise (Had oil in their lamps) and five were foolish (Their lamps were empty).

Eight things can be gleaned from this account:

  1. They all started out as equals (They all were virgins).
  2. The wise virgins were prepared and carried oil in their lamps (a picture of the Holy Spirit).
  3. The foolish virgins thought they were prepared, but their lamps were empty.
  4. The bridegroom came back unexpectedly.
  5. All the virgins were sleeping when the bridegroom came.
  6. Salvation cannot be shared. It is an individual endeavor.
  7. After the bridegroom came, it was too late for the foolish virgins.
  8. The Lord admonishes us to not “sleep” but be prepared for His return.
Groom and groomsmen
The happy groom with his groomsmen

Ephesians 5:21-33 is probably the most familiar passage of Scripture referring to Christ as the Bridegroom of the Church. Though the word “bridegroom” is not used, the inference is obvious as Christ and the Church (all the saved) are compared to a husband and wife.

Here are some facts:
💐 Christ is the head of the Church.
💐 Christ is the Savior of the body, which is the Church.
💐The Church is to be in subjection to Christ.
💐 Christ loves the Church.
💐 Christ gave Himself for the Church.
💐 Christ sanctifies and cleanses the Church with His Word.
💐 Christ plans to present His Church sinless and holy.
💐 Christ nourishes and cherishes the Church.

Oh, might husbands and wives follow this godly example!

Jennifer bride
Our beautiful daughter Jennifer on her wedding day.

My question to you then is this:

  • Is Christ your Bridegroom? If not, you are not His bride (John 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom…). Has there ever been a time when you asked Christ to forgive you of your sins and you accepted Him as your Savior? If not, please go to “How to Know You Have Eternal Life”. Your eternity hangs in the balance!
  • If Christ is your Bridegroom, what kind of bride have you been? Are you deserving to wear a white wedding dress (for holiness)? Or is your wedding garment soiled from dragging in the mud of sin? If so, 1 John 1:9 would be a good place to start (If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness).

May we all strive to be the chaste bride that our Bridegroom desires and deserves!

 

*Names already posted or forthcoming: Alpha and Omega; Ancient of DaysAngel of the LordBeloved SonBranchBread; Brother of James, Buckler…

 

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