The Beautiful Bride
“Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful!..” (Song of Solomon 4:1 ESV)
Romantic love is biblical. The bond between husband and wife is sweet and poetic in expression. This is also a reflect of Christ’s love for his bride, the church. Now, we can take to comparison too far and it gets weird. But stick with me for this one.
Christ so loved the church that he laid down his life for her. He sees her as beautiful, something to behold. And he believes it enough to repeat the exclamation for emphasis. There is no doubt whatsoever, and there should not be, that Jesus loves his church. The church that as a believer you are part of.
This can be difficult for us to believe day in and day out, because after all, we know about the church, it doesn’t always seem so pretty. There are divisions, accusations, strife, and we can never agree on the music! Even the most unified churches are chalk full of sinful people with preferences and the penchant to hurt others in their sin.
But all of these broken pieces are made whole in Christ. He restores, covers and empowers his church for his glory. We can live more repentant collectively in the church and we should motivated by the fact that Jesus loves his church and sees us as beautiful.
Now as Sunday approaches for you, or you have the opportunity to gather with the saints of the church, look around, recognize the beauty that Jesus sees. Those hurting, messed up people, the messed up me, we are all redeemed, chosen by Christ to wear his righteousness. In those garments we are beautiful, spotless, unstained and blameless before the throne of God in Christ.
Rejoice. Hug some saints and rest in the collective beauty of the church.