He Tied it with a Bow
I watched as the lady in the jewelry store tied the gold string around the tiny white box into a bow. There was a satisfying finality to it. The question had been asked privately. The search was over. The woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with had been found. Blinded to my faults by love she felt the same way. This ring would make my intentions public for the whole world to see. It seemed somehow appropriate that I gave a ring to my future bride on the day we celebrate the birth of Gods promise on earth.
Among our friends and relatives there had been talk of a wedding and hopeful expectations. The rest of the world continued about their business oblivious to our pending nuptials. Godís prophets spoke for centuries about the birth of Jesus. Many Jews awaited the Messiah with hopeful expectation. Most of the world, then as now, ignored the birth, life death and resurrection of the savior.
As the day of our wedding approached people sent gifts and rearranged their schedules to be prepared for the day. Many only sent their regrets. When Jesus was born Wise Men traveled great distances to bring gifts. Wise men still rearrange their schedules and agendas to accommodate his coming day. Sadly the majority ignores his invitation and will spend eternity in hell with their regrets.
When our wedding day was set it seemed so distant and far. As the day approached time was filled with things to do. The last few weeks were a blur of activity to make sure every detail had been checked for the tenth time. Iím glad as the groom all I had to do was be fitted for a tuxedo and show up.
Jesus spoke of the signs that would precede his arrival for his church.
Mark 13:8 for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines, and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
Paul wrote in Thessalonians 5:2,3 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
When labor pains start to be more intense and come closer together you know a baby is about to be delivered. All we hear today is talk about wars, famines, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters. These things have always been but not with the frequency we see today. The leaders of the world constantly talk about and work to bring about peace. But the world is becoming a continually more dangerous and volatile place.
We are living in a wondrous age. Information on the Internet is vast on almost any subject that can be thought of. Information can be gathered, stored and retrieved at the touch of a button. Daniel described this time perfectly in Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
How could a man living so long ago predict a time of cars, airplanes, computers, fax machines, telephones, pagers and the end without divine inspiration? He couldnít have. Paul described mans search for knowledge without wisdom.
Second Timothy 3:7 Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
The ring I gave Leigh Ann was a symbol of my love and represented a large investment for me. The ring was gold with a small diamond. Diamonds because they are rare and hard to cut are very expensive.
Jesus was God in the flesh, the incarnation. The wedding ring is a circle, it symbolizes never-ending love. Jesus is never ending love. The ring is gold it symbolizes purity. Jesus was completely pure. But the diamond is the real picture of Christ. Diamonds are formed from common coal. The tremendous pressure after the flood trapped vegetation under layers of mud. The weight generated heat but the vegetation could not burn for lack of oxygen. Coal was produced. The area of the most intense pressure created diamonds.
Isaiah spoke of Jesus outward appearance. He wasnít head and shoulders taller than everyone else like Saul. He wasnít comely to look at like David. He was raised in the house of a carpenter. The Bible says your king will come lowly and riding on an ass. This was low class transportation. It was little better than walking, which was what Jesus usually had to do. Jesus said foxes have holes, birds of the air have nests but I have nowhere to lay my head. Nathanael asked Philip, ď Can anything good come from Nazareth?Ē Jesus was thought by men to be as common as a lump of coal.
Jesus was always the diamond! The weight of all sins proved Jesus was flawless. He didnít crack! He lived the perfect life so he could be the perfect sacrifice. Under Godís judgment on our sins Jesus cried, ďFather forgive them they know not what they do.Ē Light through a diamond produces an array of colors. Godís love shone through Jesus in many ways. Jesus healed the sick, made the lame walk, opened the ears of the deaf, and the eyes of the blind.
Jesus fed the multitudes, cast out demons, washed the disciples feet. Jesus preached the gospel and raised Lazarus from the dead. But Jesusí greatest love was on the cross. The sky was darkened as God turned his face from his son because of our sin. Jesus cried, ďMy God! My God! Why have you forsaken me? ď But he didnít come down. He didnít call the legions of angels to destroy the earth. Godís love shone the brightest when Jesus drank his cup to the bitter dregs. Out of the darkness Jesus cried, ďit is finished!Ē Salvation was complete. His work was accomplished. Satan was defeated. Three days later the light of resurrection morning dawned for the whole world to see. The angel said, ďWhy seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here he is risen. [He is risen indeed!]Ē
The day I married Leigh Ann I made a promise to her before God. Only death will take me from her. I am completely hers. The only way she can know that I will keep my word is that I have kept it up until now. The only way we know if anyoneís word is good or not is if they keep it.
Satan is a liar and the father of it. He canít be trusted. The Bible tells us so. The Bible also says it is impossible for God to lie! The Bible says Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father except by him.
Godís centuries old promise was fulfilled in Jesus. The Old Testament saints salvation was completed on the cross. Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, the prophets and countless other saints that are not recorded had faith in Godís promise. But what tangible thing can we hold on to? How can we be absolutely sure what God said is true?
Genesis 9:13 Ė 15 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you, and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
I have watched as a dark cloud passed over and the earth smelled new from its washing. I have seen Godís rainbow and been reminded he keeps his word.
Are you living a dark and stormy life? Have you trembled from the lightening and thunder of life and not known which way to turn? Have you been drenched in the burdens of life, feeling forgotten out in the rain? Open your heart and let the Son shine into your heart! The darkness will leave and you will experience a rainbow in your soul! Can you believe itís really true? Sure you can. God said it! Then he tied it with a bow.