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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Dadzilla Strikes Back

Maybe you read the last article with its meanderings on Brides and Grooms. I understand the picture that was presented and even the spiritual meaning underlying that beautiful picture. I get it. We, the Church, are the bride and Jesus is the groom.

Now, if one is inclined to even deeper thinking, he or she, as the case may be, may take notice of the Father in the context of this telling picture. In the last article the Father seemed to be relegated to tasks that bore little significance to the event other than keep him out of it. They think they are fooling me, but underneath this beard lay a bit more intellect than is immediately observable. I knew all along what they were doing.

The effort expended on keeping dadzilla at bay was fruitless to say the least. It was dadzilla who ushered the bride down the isle. It was dadzilla who granted permission of the whole thing to occur in the first place. It was dadzilla who sang with a mixture of joy and sadness at the reception. Let’s not forget it was dadzilla during the singing of “Brown Eyed Girl” who swept the bride off her feet. And yes, it was dadzilla, when it was all over, who got out the checkbook to pay the bills. In fact, I would submit for your consideration the notion that apart from the father the whole thing would never have occurred.

Now that I have set the record straight on that account, may I also add a few thoughts the Lord impressed upon me at my daughters wedding? In a spiritual sense it is the father’s sacrifice that makes the ultimate wedding, between Jesus and His bride, a reality. I know this veers from traditional application, but stay with me. I know God sacrificed His son for us but I have always thought more of what it was like for Jesus, who sacrificed His own life. I had never really thought of what it must have been like for God to give up His own son. The giving away of a daughter, whom I love beyond my own understanding, causes one to consider such things.

And why did God give up His son? John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son so that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.” God’s love for us compelled Him to give up His son. Romans 5:8 says that He demonstrated this love in that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Had the Father not done this, made this sacrifice, there would not be a place for us at the great wedding feast. But, because He demonstrated His love through the sacrifice of His Son, the whole world is now invited to believe on Him. This is all made possible because of the Fathers love for the people whom He created.

One definition for the word redeem is, “to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom.” This is what God did for us. He obtained our release from captivity, the dominion of sin in our lives, and restored us to Himself by paying the ransom price of His own son’s death. How can one turn down, or away, from such a gift?

One final thought. At my daughters wedding I could not help but look around and see redemption everywhere. Relationships once broken were now restored. Marriages once near dissolve stood present. Families once torn apart were now in tact. Friendships ravaged were now made new. This was all authored by God and made possible through Jesus. He is the great Redeemer and Restorer of all things. When we take part in that great wedding feast spoken of in Revelation 19 we will look around the room and see the Redeemed! My daughters wedding represented many things to me. One thing I will never forget is the testimony to the Lord as Redeemer and Restorer. As the Psalmists says, “Let the redeemed say so!”