Advent: Love in Fulfillment
“Take me away with you – let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers.” - Song of Songs 1:4
WHILE NOT COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SEASON OF ADVENT, the Old Testament book Song of Songs can offer us a fresh way to see the birth of Jesus the Messiah. This often-overlooked book provides a vivid picture of God’s love for us – an important matter at any time of year.
The prose shared between the devoted lovers in the Song of Songs is one of expectant love longing to be fulfilled and delighting in it when it is. As you expectantly await the celebration of the nativity, the birth of the Christ-child this season and the fulfillment it brings, you are invited to consider Jesus as the lover of your soul.
As the bride of Christ, we are betrothed to him through an everlasting covenantal bond. We are the bride of Christ and he is our loving groom for whom we wait in eager expectation for the consummation of our union. It is with this in mind that we sing with the psalmist: “Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.”
Let us view this season of Advent as a celebration of our betrothal to Christ. As we do, may we bear in mind that preceding this monumental engagement event, God sent prophets and messengers to herald the coming good news to a love-starved world: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Like the coming of a new dawn after the darkest of nights, we receive the news that we have been betrothed to a loving and faithful redeemer. God incarnate – Immanuel – has come to ask for our hand. And because of his great and boundless love for us, he pays the bride price by laying down his very life. It is finished. “My lover is mine and I am his.”
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean was given her to wear.” We say “yes to the dress” as we await our glorious wedding day!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we mark the birth of Jesus as the beginning of our betrothal in earnest. Help us to discover Jesus as our romantic and pursuant lover and bask in rewarding intimacy with him until the day of our eternal nuptials. As we do, may he continually fulfill his faithful promise to love us with an everlasting love. Amen.
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