FOUR THINGS TOO WONDERFUL(Pt. 4)

“There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin. (Proverbs 30:18, 19 NKJV)

When John the Baptist’s ministry was drawing people away from their cities and towns to heed his call to repent,confess their sins and put things right with God, the religious order of his day sent a delegation to meet with him. They were concerned of course because what was happening was on their watch and they had no control over it. Those who are at a loss for power or influence are always attracted to places where the power of God is at work. Sometimes they come to mock and sometimes to admire. At other times they come to learn how they can control the flow of this power in a new direction for their carnal advantage. In the end, when this does not occur, the annals of Church History records that those who were part of the “former move of God” will oppose the new move of God in the land. So it was true with John’s arrival. This delegation needed to get a pulse on this young “prophet” who was not from their camp or tradition.

In addition to John’s enormous following (Not to mention his wild dress Camels hair and a leather belt and diet!), there was a new phenomenon. The religious leaders discerned that there had arisen what they perceived as a new rival for John. “And they came to John and said to him, Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him! John answered and said, A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but, I have been sent before Him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegrooms voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease”(John 3:26-30 NKJV).

FRIEND OF THE BRIDEGROOM

John’s answer was a striking one. His crowds were diminishing because of another who was having a greater effect…more baptisms, creating more disciples! But John didn’t sulk or try and come up with some refined technique to hold on to the crowd. No. John knew he was doing what fore-runners do, prepare the way of the Lord! He describes himself as “a voice”(not “THE Voice”) and a friend of the Bridegroom; announcing his arrival for those who were prepared to receive him. “I rejoice to hear His voice…He must increase I must decrease”.

FORE-RUNNER MINISTRIES

Even as John was jealous with a godly jealousy that he was called to fully prepare a people(a Bride) for the Bridegroom so it must be so today. God is raising up true ministries who do not mind being fore-runners in preparing a Bride for Her Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”(Ephesians 4:11-13 NKJV). The apostle Paul wrote,” I have betrothed you to one husband, that I might present you as a chaste virgin to Christ”(2 Co 11:2 NKJV).

AN ETERNAL MYSTERY

A Bride mature and complete in everyway for His Son is what God had in mind from the beginning. The mystery of the way of a man with a virgin is the mystery of Christ and the Church. Let us in this hour be reminded that the Story of the Bible is the call to an eternal wedding. The Bible opens with a wedding in the Garden(See Genesis 2:20-25). Jesus commences his public ministry with his first sign at a wedding(See John 2:1-10). The apostle Paul wrote,”Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:25-27, 30-32 NKJV)

Finally, the Bible concludes with a Wedding. John hears and sees it from heaven. “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, Write: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” (Revelation 19:7-9 NKJV) Beloved don’t be late for the Wedding of the Lamb! This life is but a dress rehearsal for the Main event. Even as the wonder of the mystery unfolds, “The way of a Man with a virgin”, even so Christ will receive a Bride, pure, spotless and dressed in fine white linen ready to be forever joined to her Lord.

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