The Gospel

Pastor Ben Spitler

Mar 29, 2019

It’s looking like a beautiful Friday!  Add some beauty to an already beautiful day by spreading the love of Christ in some tangible way today, amen!?  A kind word, a gift, a bit of help when needed, an act of service.  Beautiful!  From what I’m seeing the weather on Sunday isn’t going to be quite as good, but we’re looking forward to a beautiful time together in God’s house!  And we’ve got a team of preachers this week!  Hope you can be here as we continue to celebrate the Gospel, the Good News about Jesus!
I’ve got a wedding tomorrow and it made me think about what someone told me about those beautiful words of Jesus in John 14:1-3  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 

This person noted the likely allusion in these words to the Jewish wedding tradition of a groom leaving for a time to prepare a place for his bride and then returning to bring her to their home to be with him.  Here’s more on that—Although various sources describing the practice of Jewish marriage at the time of Christ differ in the details, there is general agreement concerning its major elements. Unlike Western marriage practices, the Jewish marriage has a greater degree of formalism involving numerous steps:
Jewish marriage included a number of steps: first, betrothal (which involved the prospective groom’s traveling from his father’s house to the home of the prospective bride, paying the purchase price, and thus establishing the marriage covenant); second, the groom’s returning to his father’s house (which meant remaining separate from his bride for 12 months, during which time he prepared the living accommodations for his wife in his father’s house); third, the groom’s coming for his bride at a time not known exactly to her; fourth, his return with her to the groom’s father’s house to consummate the marriage and to celebrate the wedding feast for the next seven days (during which the bride remained closeted in her bridal chamber).
Read those words of Jesus again and celebrate the love and the plans He has for you and all of us who believe and trust in Him!  That’s some Good News that we can thank God for this Friday!

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