Jesus Christ: Born To Unite With You

 

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus – born out of a virgin mother to be our Savior, our King, our Deliverer.

 

"On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of frankincense and of myrrh." (Matthew 2:11)

 

"Who is this that comes out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; three score valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel." (Song of Songs 3:6-7)

 

Jesus was born in order to unite with you - to love you and for you to love Him for all eternity. The birth of Jesus Christ was a momentous event – it is the Son of God being born to carry out His Father's will. This will is for us to unite with His Son in union – to become one, in a Holy marriage through the Holy Spirit.

 

"If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection." (Romans 6:5)

 

For this reason, both John the Baptist and Jesus Himself refer to Jesus as the bridegroom:

 

"To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ, but am sent ahead of him.' The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less." (John 3:27-30)

 

"Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast." (Matthew 9:15)

 

When the wise men brought gold, myrrh and frankincense to Jesus, it symbolized that wedding – the union that is sung about in Solomon's Song of Songs – a love that is pure, complete and fertile. "You are all fair, my love; there is no spot in you." (Song of Songs 4:7) A love that is sanctified through baptism which cleanses our sins "Your teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them." (Song of Songs 4:2)

 

A love that moves mountains and takes you from darkness to light "Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense." (Song of Songs 4:6). A wedding that is known only to those chosen by God to be called. "A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices.

 

This is the marriage spoken about in the parable of wedding banquet: "Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

 

"Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'

 

"But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

 

"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.' So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

 

"But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.

 

"Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

 

"For many are invited, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:1-14)

 

A love nourished through the gift of the Holy Spirit – the living waters. "A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon. Awake, O north wind; and come, you south; blow on my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits." (Song of Songs 4:12-16)

 

A love that reached its ultimate manifestation by the death on the cross and the resurrection. It is no accident that in the Jewish tradition, the Song of Songs is read on Passover – around the time Jesus was sacrificed.

 

A marriage that is a centerpiece of John's revelation for the end of times:

 

"Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, 'Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. 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.' 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. Then he [the angel] said to me, 'Write, "Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb."' And he said to me, 'These are true words of God'" (Revelation 19:6-9)

 

Let those true words of God into your heart – you were invited, and if you accept this invitation – you will be blessed. Love God with all your heart and make yourself ready, you truly are loved by Him and He wants nothing more than for you and Him to become one!