Monday, July 03, 2006

Waiting for the bridegroom

I was just reading John this morning, and I came upon John 3v29, in which John the Baptist says the following, regarding waiting for the bridegroom, Jesus:

'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. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.' -- John 3v29 --

This powerful image of Jesus coming, to be joined with the ones who are his, really struck me. John waited nearly all of his life for Jesus to arrive, preaching faithfully - yet having no physical evidence that he was coming. He trusted God's word to him implicitly. Then it occurred to me, this should be our attitude when it comes to sharing the gospel with our friends and in seeing them come to know the truth more and more. We should be waiting on Jesus, the bridegroom, speaking and acting as he gives us - reflecting his goodness and faithfullness. And if they come through to know Jesus as their own saviour and friend, then we can share in the joy of the bridegroom arriving - because they'll be united!!

Looking back over the past 2 terms, we ran a Christianity Explored course through the CU at Reading, and though I've not personally been involved, it's been a thrilling and humbling experience to be faithfully praying for them every Tuesday and Friday morning in prayer brekky. We shared in the joy of the team when people came through to know Jesus as their own, and we 'waited' with them as the work was being done in their hearts.

John may not have known when Jesus would come, but he knew he would. Be challenged to be faithful in your prayers and witness to your friends, family, and co-workers. God's working in them; so keep at it!!



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