Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
In the Gospels we discover the glorious and unexpected sequel to the Old Testament. God would use the people of God, Israel, to supply the means by which His Son could enter into time through the virgin birth. By way of the Fully Divine Son's incarnation, the restoration of the people of God would come about through the Groom - The Son. Old Testament scriptures abound in the prediction of the Messiah coming into history to redeem His people. However the one detail not revealed in the Old Testament regarded the nature of the bride for the Messiah, the Son.
As one proceeds further into the Gospels, Acts and Epistles, God's glorious plan for a wedding is unfolded that includes His Son paying the price for His future bride, the Church. The church is the means by which God will gather His choice people from every tribe, nation and tongue to be the Bride for the Son. Passages such as Ephesians 5 connect the ongoing theme of Christ the Bridegroom and the church the bride. The idea of Jesus Christ being the Divine Bridegroom reveals Him to be equal and Divinely united in glory and honor to the Person of the Father, Yahweh in the Old Testament.
The Jewish people, who would reject their Messiah in the Gospels, are not cast away, but are temporarily set aside by Yahweh in this age so that the full number of Gentiles may be gathered by the Spirit through missionary efforts. Why? As the New Testament reveals, God is in the business of gathering a bride composed of the least likely people of His chosen purposes who will bring about His glory - the church.
Once we come to the Book of Revelation, the full picture of the wedding for the Son and His bride, the church, is made complete. We discover that the church will be transformed in the rapture and Israel will be prepared and purified through the tribulation period to be converted by grace through faith the Son's second coming. Revelation also reveals that more people will be given saving grace by the Spirit to believe on Jesus Christ before being martyred. Upon His return, converted Israel will finally fulfill her role among the nations in Christ's Millennial reign in Revelation 20. Following the Millennium, the bride will be united to the Son in full radiant glory in Revelation 21-22, with the marriage lasting into eternity and God's redemptive plan fully complete.
Truly this is a wedding that you must not miss, being that God has sent forth His Spirit to call forth sinners unto faith and repentance and thus be a part of the bride. This is the overall picture the Bible portrays regarding the Wedding you must no miss. In tomorrow's post we will begin to look more closely at this amazing theme of God's desire to gather a bride for His Son.