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The Bridegroom Comes!

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Interpreting Jesus' promise to return for His church.

Text: John 14:2-3
Date: 03/24/2019, the Traditional service.
Series: "John: Encountering Love" Part 128

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This message was originally written to be the interpretation of the full exposition of these verses which follows in the sermon, "Mansions of Splendor". But illness struck too late on Saturday to find a replacement so adjustments had to be made. So in a classic case of "putting the cart before the horse", this was the original end of the sermon that follows. Basically we will draw a comparison between the promises Jesus is making His disciples here in John and the traditional Hebrew wedding practices as spelled out for us in Matthew 25:1-13 in the parable of the ten maidens. We will learn the lessons of both passages: that Jesus has a marvelous plan for His church, to take it unto Himself on the last day, and that we should be prepared when the Bridegroom comes!


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I. Introduction
II. Interpretation
A. Introduction to the wedding ceremony analogy.
B. The Hebrew wedding ceremony and Redemptive History.
1. The Bridegroom prepares His bride.
a. In the Hebrew ceremony.
b. In Redemptive History.
2. The Bridegroom prepares a place for His bride.
a. In the Hebrew ceremony.
b. In Redemptive History.
3. The Bridegroom comes for His bride, Matt. 25:31, 1Cor. 15:52.
a. In the Hebrew ceremony.
b. In Redemptive History.
4. The Bridegroom takes His Bride to His Father's House.
a. In the Hebrew ceremony.
b. In Redemptive History.
5. "And they live happily ever-after!" (1Th. 4:16-17)
a. In the Hebrew ceremony.
b. In Redemptive History.
III. Conclusion, Rev. 19:7.

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