Jesus, the Bridegroom

Sunday Lesson notes from July 9th, 2023

  • Read John 3: 22-30
    • How does John view himself in relation to Jesus?
      • As a servant, lower in status
      • As a best man to the bridegroom
  • Read Ephesians 5: 22-32
    • What is the profound mystery?
      • That the church is Jesus’s bride and he is the bridegroom
      • Jesus gave his life up for his bride, the church
      • Are human marriages like Jesus’s marriage to the church or is Jesus’s marriage to the church like human marriages?
    • What can we learn from the example of Jesus’s marriage to the church?
      • Jesus gave up his life for the church
      • Jesus cares for the church like he cares for himself
      • There is no price Jesus was unwilling to pay to serve the church
      • Jesus called himself the head of the church, the church members are his body. There is a deep connection between Jesus and the church.
      • As a church we should strive to follow and be lead by our head, Jesus and not a human leader
      • We should respond to Jesus with humility and reverence
      • Jesus uses his words to take care of the church and to make it radiant

  • Read Isaiah 54: 5-8 amd Ezekiel 16: 1-14
    • God is our husband and looks after and takes care of our needs
    • He brought us out of a lonely broken place and provided us with everything that we need to live
    • God has a personal and intimate relationship with us and his concern for us is deeply personal
    • God gives us time to grow and seeks us out when we are ready to receive him
    • It is easy to forget how much God loves and cares for us.
    • When Jesus returns, we will have full redemption and will experience the full treasures from God. As members of the church we will one day be married to our great bridegroom Jesus. 
    • God has made us his Queen and the future bride of Jesus, how do you respond to this gift from God?
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