The Bride and The Bridegroom
The ceremony uniting Prince William and Kate Middleton in holy matrimony is now over, but, wow, what a spectacle! The bride was resplendent and the groom very handsome and dashing. His younger brother, Prince Harry, supported Prince William at the altar. Prince Harry’s joy was evident as he watched his future sister-in-law walk the aisle. Although the live broadcast was televised during the pre-dawn hours in America, it was hard not to be touched by the love story between the young couple and the two brothers. Who doesn’t love weddings? The coldest heart has to thaw just a little while witnessing two people pledge their lives to one another.
Perhaps, that is why John the Baptist chose the analogy of the bride and the bridegroom when some of his followers expressed anger and envy at Jesus also baptizing. “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan – the one you testified about –well he is baptizing and everyone is going to him” (John 3:26). Rather than water the seeds of discord, John simply stated, “ ‘A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of Him. The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. The joy is mine, and it now complete. He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:27-30).
We (the church) are the bride and Jesus is our bridegroom. At a wedding, the best man has an important role, but not one as important as the groom. The best man supports the groom. He understands his friend takes prominence. Do not lose sight of whose voice we should follow and in whose presence we should rejoice. Do not let petty jealousies divide you. Let the love we have for our Bridegroom guide us in our interactions with others. We all play a role, some with more prominence that others, but the most important position belongs to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.