Jesus the Bridegroom Jn. 3: 29 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
John the Baptist called himself the friend of the bridegroom in Jn 3:29, when he was referring to Jesus Christ. In Matt 25:1-10, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is likened to a bridegroom coming to his marriage. The sun typifies Jesus Christ (Mal 4:2) and the sun is likened to a bridegroom in Ps 19:4-5. What is the significance of the connection between Jesus Christ and a bridegroom?
In fact, Jesus Christ is a bridegroom and the church is his bride according to Eph 5:23-32. When we are saved, our old man dies, freeing us to marry the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 7:1-4). Therefore, characteristics of a bridegroom fit Jesus Christ exceedingly well. That is, by studying things concerning bridegrooms, you and I can learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ.
- As a man offers his love to a woman, in hopes of her becoming his bride, so Jesus Christ offers his love to us (Jn 15:13; 1 Jn 4:19).
- As there is great joy when a woman accepts the proposal of her bridegroom to be, so there is great joy in the presence of the angels of God when we accept Jesus’ proposal (Lk 15:7, 10).
- As the bridegroom loves his bride, so Jesus loves the church (Eph 5:25-29).
- As a bridegroom will sacrifice things to have his bride, so Jesus Christ gave up heaven to humble himself as a man that he might have us (Phil 2:5-8).
- As a bridegroom writes his bride frequently when they are apart, so Jesus has written us and expects us to read his letter (Jn 14:23).
- As a royal bridegroom gives his bride jewelry and a crown, so Jesus, the King of kings, has offered us jewels and crowns (1 Cor 3:11-15; 2 Tim 4:8; 1 Thes 2:19, etc).
- As a bridegroom prepares a place for the couple to live following their marriage, so Jesus has prepared a place for us to live after our marriage (Jn 14:1-6; Rev 21).
- As the bridegroom supplies the needs of his bride, so Jesus supplies our needs (Phil 4:19).
- As the bride must submit to her bridegroom, so we must submit to Jesus (Eph 5:22-24).
- As the bridegroom should give his bride a good and worthy name, so Jesus gives us a name that is above every name (Phil 2:9, Acts 4:12).
- As the bridegroom delights in the companionship of his bride, so Jesus desires fellowship with us (1 Jn 1:3-7).
- As a faithful bridegroom will not leave his bride, so Jesus never leaves us (Heb 13:5).
As you think on these things, you will, perhaps, come up with more similarities between Jesus and a bridegroom. Suffice it to say that with all of these parallels, you can easily see why John the Baptist called himself the friend of the bridegroom.