Love is in the air. Supermarkets are filled with heart-shaped candy and gifts while television programs are looping romance movies. The influence of Valentines day lifts the community into a bubbly feeling. We’re naturally attracted to the “Hollywood Love” endorsed by the heart-melting phenomenon usually written by Nicholas Sparks. As tears fill eyes at the sight of “true love’s first kiss,” we become easily infatuated with the idea of being in love. Maybe we’re a generation of hopeless romantics, or perhaps, we’re a generation longing for Love?
The concept draws me near to the heart of God, causing me to cling to His unconditional Love. It’s quite apparent that nine-inch nails didn’t hold Jesus on the cross, but instead, it was the selfless love of God for man. This display was an enactment of the Ancient Greek word Agape, which is defined as the highest form of Love.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
The ultimate gift in Love is a sacred covenant called marriage! When a man falls in love with a woman, the two mutually invest their lives into a commitment; one that was gifted to us at the Garden of Eden by the LORD Himself. We see how precious this covenant is because it holds value to the LORD. Marriage was designed with the intention of being an everlasting union. When we come into an understanding of how delicate marriage is, we can have a better comprehension of why God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16).
There’s no coincidence that the first miracle of the Messiah was at a wedding ceremony! Jesus left his audience in awe by turning the water into wine and reviving the dying party (John 2:1-11). This was one of his first displays of his resurrection power.
The tradition of the Hebrew wedding holds numerous parallels to the relationship of Jesus and the church. The scriptures remind us that WE are the bride of Christ! (2 Corinthians 11:2–3) As Rabbi Jonathan Cahn best explains in his study, Mystery of the Bride and the Groom, the Bridegroom pledges His Love with a “Mohar,” translated to mean a costly gift. In retrospect, Jesus gifted us salvation by the offering of his very life at the cross.
Rabbi Cahn continues to explain that, after the formal engagement, the “Chattan” or Bridegroom, faces a period of separation from his bride as he prepares a house for her. He then sends his beloved a precious “Mattan” or a gift. This gift is an expression of Love to encourage her in his absence. Jesus stated clearly that He is preparing a place for us in the Father’s house (John 14:2). After His ascension, He gifts us a love offering, His Spirit, who continuously serves us with loving encouragement. This selfless display reveals to us that true Love, Agape, is not about receiving, but about giving!
In John 3:16, a popular scripture shows that, because God so loved the world, He GAVE His only Begotten Son. The Son GAVE His life so that we may not perish. Giving is a byproduct of Love. So, as Love fills this air, let’s adopt this giving pattern of God. The LORD encourages us to be cheerful givers (2 Corinthians 9:7). What are you going to give God this season?
Our culture has shaped us to take request. What do you want for your birthday? What do you want for Christmas? There’s no difference when speaking to your Heavenly Father. What does God want from us? Most, especially Christians, will answer “your heart.” That’s entirely true, but how do we give someone our heart?
Pastor James Lilley, the Senior Pastor at First Assembly of God in Waterbury, CT once said, “we spend time with the people we love.” A Proverbs says that everything we do flows from our heart (4:23). God just wants you to spend some time with him. Giving to God will require sacrifice; all giving does. Perhaps we can give less time to our televisions, jobs or even video games just to make more time available to spend in His presence.
God isn’t searching all the Earth for a perfect person, He’s looking for hearts that are fully committed to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). He is waiting for you to Love and cherish Him like a Husband as He Loves and cherishes you, as His beloved bride. Jesus is ready to take your relationship with Him to the next level, a greater intimacy.
A message from the writer:
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has been an extraordinary mentor in helping me understand the Hebrew context of the Bible. After partnering with Hope of the World Ministries, my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting with Jonathan at the Jerusalem Center. I want to encourage you to sow a seed in Rabbi’s outreach ministry of preaching the Gospel to both Jew and Gentile.
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