Jesus is the Bridegroom

2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

John 14:2-3

 

The things that Jesus said always had a “connection” to the lives of the people during that time.  That “connection” is sometimes difficult for us to understand today.  When Jesus said that He would “go and prepare a place for you” the people could relate to something that happened often during their life time.

Marriages were arranged by the parents.  Once the “deal” was made, the man and woman were officially betrothed. 

The future bridegroom would then return to his father’s home.  There, he would begin to build a room for his wife, adding on to his father’s house.  The marriage could not happen until the room was ready.  At that time, the bridegroom would go to get his wife, and bring her to their new home, the place he had prepared for his bride.

Whenever someone would ask the groom about the date of the marriage, the answer was always, “You have to ask my father.”  Only he would know when the room would be finished.

Jesus is our bridegroom, and one day He will return for the Church, His bride.  When will that be?  Only the Father knows the answer to that question.  And just like the bridesmaids who had to always be ready as they waited for the bridegroom, we too must always be ready for the return of our Bridegroom, Jesus.  He will have our room ready.  Will you be ready?

 ~Charles A. Kalkomey