As we have progressed throughout the Song of Solomon series, one thing has been clear. No marriage between two people is perfect. As broken, sinful people, we often see conflict and pain in our relationships. If you look at the picture many portray, however, it seems as if all relationships other than yours are perfect. Whatever your relationship status, such things can be very disheartening to see. It’s important to keep our eyes fixated on the only truly perfect marriage.
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”
The marriage described here is that between Jesus and his Bride, the church, which is composed of all believers. The Bible is full of analogies that compare our relationship to Jesus as that of husband and wife. Here we see the glorious union of the two, near the end of recorded prophecy. So what can we learn from this?
1. Jesus is the only perfect husband.
Galatians 5:22-33 prescribes how the husbands and wives should interact with one another. This is done by pointing each to the relationship between Christ and the church. Paul’s instructions to husbands are to literally imitate Christ’s behavior toward the church. This is a sacrificial and unconditional love. The best possible husband you could be is that of a perfect reflection of Jesus, because Jesus is the only perfect husband. Let this not be discouraging to husbands, or those aspiring to become husbands. Christ is sufficiently gracious and loving, and the Holy Spirit constantly works in us to produce this good fruit.
2. The church will become the only perfect Bride.
Verse 8 of Revelation 19 describes the Bride as clothed “with fine linen, bright and pure.” This description is symbolic of the clothing of all believers for eternity - righteousness, specifically the righteousness of Christ. This righteousness is imputed to us at the moment of conversion, and is brought to full realization on this day. In the end, the bride is presented to her husband as a radiant, perfect mate.
As a final note for those not married, whether divorced or single, be careful not to allow your identity to be in your relationship status. It’s been said that marriage shows us the shape of God’s love, and singleness shows us its sufficiency. You can take comfort in knowing that you are a part of the bride of Christ, the church.
Of course, among the best way to get the full perspective on God’s love is in community with believers. Living in a gospel-centered community provides another opportunity for the Holy Spirit to transform us and make us new. At the District Church, we experience such a community through groups. Consider joining a group today if you have yet to do so.