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he waits.  As the sun sets one   him. To her, he is the way.
              more time, the young lady quietly   Described for us above are features of
        Smouths the words that now form       a typical betrothal and wedding in New
        part of her nightly bedtime ritual: “Could   Testament times.  These practices and
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        it be tonight?” While preparing for her   expectations were common knowledge
        fiancé’s appearance, she fondly recalls   among the Jews and would have framed
        the last time she saw him. He arrived   the disciples’ understanding of the Lord’s
        with a marriage covenant in hand, paid   reassurance in John 14. The One who said
        the costly price to secure her as his own,   “I go to prepare a place for you”  was us-
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        and together they drank from the cup that   ing bridegroom imagery to assure them of
        symbolized this agreement. Just as he was   His return. Let’s look at it in more detail.
        leaving, he carefully told her the purpose   Similar to the betrothal process, in the
        for his absence, with words that are now
        etched in her memory: “I am going to pre-  upper room ministry we have a covenant,
                                              a cup and a cost. We remember that the
        pare a place for you in my father’s house,   Church, which  is called His body,  is
        and when I return, I will take you to be
        with me forever.”                     also described in the Scriptures as the
                                              bride of Christ (Eph 5:22-33; Rev 19:7).
          And so she waits. He will most likely   These 11 men represent for us the entire
        come at night, announced by a shofar   body  of  believers  in  the  Church Age,
        trumpet and a clear shout, “Behold, the   and as the Lord Jesus spoke to them, He
        bridegroom cometh!” She has been busy   clearly communicated that His purpose
        preparing her bridal garment as she antici-  of establishing a new covenant would be
        pates his arrival and permanent presence.   realized. In fact, He used a cup of wine to
        He will come again. He will take her to   symbolize the covenant and the price paid
        that prepared room in his father’s house,   to enforce it. They would immediately
        where they will remain until he brings her
        out to present her to the blessed ones who   think of a betrothal when He took the
                                              cup, gave thanks, passed it to them and
        will celebrate the marriage supper.    said, “This cup is the new covenant in my
          With confidence in his character, she   blood, which is poured out for you” (Luk
        leaves the details to him. She need not fret   22:20 JND).
        about the location of the place or how she
        is going to get there; he himself will take   ¹ Zola Levitt, A Christian Love Story (Dallas, TX:
                                              Zola Levitt Ministries, 1978).
        her to the father’s house. She needs no   ² Bible quotations in this article are from the KJV
        map or mode of transportation; she has   unless otherwise noted.

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