We often hear this term “Bride” being applied to the Church today, yet, I wonder if we truly understand the significance it carries with it. Speaking for myself, I had heard this term spoken of by Sunday School teachers, Preachers and by my reading through scriptures, Yet, I only had a very narrow concept of the imagery it carried.
Revelation 19 speaks of this imagery…. “7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’”
We also read further in Revelation 21:9 of this bride “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
So, who is the bride? We know that the New testament tells us that the Church, the “Ekklesia”…..the people whom God has “called out” of the world into a salvific relationship with His Son Jesus.
The primary reason the Church is called the “Bride” is because Jesus purchased His bride. (Exodus 21:1-11)
We find this Jewish Culture imagery all through the Old Testament.
In the Jewish culture, the husband would pay a “Bridal Price” to show He was worthy and had the ability to provide for his wife.
Christ Jesus paid the ultimate “Bridal Price”…Jesus paid with His own precious blood to obtain His bride – the Church.
So, when we hear the word “Bride”, I hope we deeply cherish the great sacrifice that our Lord and Savior made upon the Cross that gave us this honor.