The Groom wrote His own Vows.
I will bring you out from under the burdens of those that hate you.
I will deliver you from bondage.
I will redeem you with an outstretched arm.
I will take you to be mine. (Exodus 6:6-7)
I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
The Bride Blushed.
She blushed because He had proven His words true so many times. She had created quite a mess of her life, leaving her bruised and broken. And now she stood ready to accept the same outstretched arm she had previously rejected. She had cheated on Him! Many times! Caught in the act! But He forgave her. When she blamed Him for what others did to her, He took it on the chin and forgave that, too. He forgave every promise she broke.
She refused His proposal several times. Said she wasn’t ready for a commitment. “We’re just friends– with benefits”, she giggled. But He was always clear of His intentions and pursued her relentlessly. She thought, “If He knew me, He wouldn’t want me.” She had been a murderer with her words and deeds. But He did know. ALL. OF. IT. They called her a liar, a thief, a whore, a hypocrite…
He called her…His.
The Great Exchange.
Gently placing the ring on His Bride’s finger, the Groom continued-
For your sin, I give My Righteousness (2 Corinthian 5:21)
For your hurt, I give My Healing (Psalm 103:3)
For your fear, I give My Peace (John 14:27)
For your life, I lay down Mine (John 3:16)
Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and because I love you, I will give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life. (Isaiah 43:4)
Her face mirrored our thoughts of both disbelief and wonderment. What kind of love is this?
He smiled and answered us all, “The everlasting kind.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
Just say “I do” and He will. He made a vow.
YOUR TURN! Do you remember the day, the moment you knew Him to be your God, and not the God of your mother or grandmother? Share with us in the comment section below.