Maybe its just a girl thing or maybe its just a me thing, but sometimes I’ll get into this funk where all I want to do is watch romantic comedies and listen to those sweet country love songs on the radio. The song I cannot shake out of my head lately is “Greatest Love Story” by LANCO. It is constantly in my head and every time I turn on the radio I am internally begging for it to be on. Last night, The Wedding Planner was on TV- a classic romantic comedy that instantly makes me long for my own wedding some day.
But all this sap has me thinking about why I seek out this love. Why do I so obsess over these seemingly great love stories? When I sit on the conditions of my heart, I realize that my view is skewed. I see these love stories as something to long for, as some great box to check off my bucket list. So lets just get to the question that really changes everything- What does Jesus have to do with this?
Everything. He has absolutely everything to do with this. Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Our faith is the result of this amazing grace that came down when we were in the depths of our sin and rebellion and died for us. Jesus is the word of God, used to write the most amazing love story that this world has ever seen (sorry LANCO!). And this love story involves you, it involves me, it involves everyone and everything that God has created on his earth. Its a love that saves, a love that redeems, a love that is unfailing. Its a love so great that my words will never be able to penetrate your heart to respond the way that is appropriate. My words fail when trying to convey how deep and wide and high this love is- but God’s word never fails. (My emphasis are added)
Lamentations 3:22 “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new each morning, great is your faithfulness.”
Psalm 63:3 “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”
Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
Psalm 18:28 “You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”
Psalm 44:3 “It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.”
Psalm 62:11-12 “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O LORD, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.”
1 John 3:1 “How great is the love that Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Think about your wedding day, whether its already happened or could be to come (God willing). Think about the beautiful white dress and the decorations that light your path to the love of your life. Surrounded by family, you make your way down the aisle. Tears trickling down your husband’s face as you both unite in front of the pastor- awaiting the moment where you can give one another your vows before God, coming into a covenant of love and commitment. Its the moment most of us girls wait for since the day we could play dress up. Its what so many movies and songs rightfully celebrate.
The church is described as the bride of Christ (Rev. 19:7-9, Eph. 5:25-27). So now think about your eternal wedding day. Your waiting in the dressing room, thinking about how you’ve gotten to this point. Think about what you were before Christ called you. I was nothing. I was covered in dirt and shame. I was a prostitute, constantly committing adultery against God himself. I loved my sin and hated my husband. But he came.
He came into the depth of my brokenness and sacrificed himself in every way possible so that my brokenness would not be my identity. He went through the punishment that I deserved, the wrath brought forth by my rebellion and defeated it so that one day, we would be together as one. He tackled demons and darkness so that we could be together, reconciled. And now I’m here, dressed in white. Without him, I could never have worn something so pure. Only by his grace could I be clothed in white like this, without blemish or stain. Instead of makeup, I wear joyful tears that won’t stop coming. This day has finally come! No more heartache, no more suffering. As I walk down the aisle, I am surrounded by the song of the saints. The landscape, I can’t even describe because of its greatness. Its infinitely times better than The Plaza in June. As I walk down the aisle, I see Jesus waiting for me. Each step I take, I can feel the overwhelming power of his grace, covering every single part of my soul in a warm embrace. As we stand before one another, his vows live within my heart. I imagine his vows as something like Romans 8:37-39. Nothing, in all creation, could ever separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus. The crazy part is that he has already fulfilled all of his vows to me. I trust him, because he’s done it. Since the day he broke my stony heart and revealed his love to me, his vow has been the same.
“I, Jesus, take you, Amber as my heavenly wife in the church, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, in this life and into our heavenly dwelling together forever.”
My prayer is to never stop learning of his unfailing love. I want my life to be a love song to Jesus, forever learning and loving and praising his glorious name. I long for the day when I will stand before my Jesus, dressed in the white grace that he’s lavished on me, and join with him into eternity. We get to be a part of the greatest love story this world has ever seen.