The pattern of ancient Near-Eastern weddings provides an analogy for the Church as Christ’s bride.

First came a period of engagement, which, unlike today, was a legally binding agreement:  A divorce was necessary to break it.  This describes our relationship to Jesus now and indicates the relationship’s security.  During this period, the husband-to-be prepared the house to which he would take his bride after the wedding.  Jesus said He was going away to prepare a place for us;  He will come back to take us there to be with Him forever (John 14 vv 1-3).  On the day of the wedding, the groom came with fanfare and celebration to the house of his bride-to-be.  Finally the marriage ceremony took place, followed by the marriage banquet.  The Church’s marriage to Jesus  and the marriage banquet are described in Revelation 19 vv 7-9.

Believers now are in the engagement period;  we await the coming of our Bridegroom, Jesus, to whom we are eternally wedded.

TheologyTaken from Understanding Theology by Daryl Aaron

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