In the Bible, God presents himself as a bridegroom betrothed to his bride. For example, the prophet Isaiah writes, “For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name” (Isaiah 54:5). 

John the Baptist refused claims that he was the Christ, and then said of Jesus, “The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom . . . rejoices greatly in the bridegroom’s voice” (John 3:28-29). 

In Ephesians, the church is called the “bride of Christ” because Jesus is our bridegroom. All of this might sound a little strange until you understand Ancient Near Eastern culture. It’s not here comes the bride; it’s here comes the bridegroom. 

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