Kellie, Isabella, Isaiah, and Pastor Chris

Friday, March 25, 2011

Daily Word March 25, 2011 - John 3:29

John 3:29
"The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice.  Therefore this joy of mine is now complete."
-          In John 3, some people come asking John the Baptist about this man named Jesus.  They are upset because John baptized Jesus, but now everyone is following Jesus instead of John.  In other words, they were unhappy because First Baptist Jesus is outgrowing First Baptist John.
-          John begins to explain this move by showing them a picture of a typical Jewish wedding.  In this wedding, the groom would come after the bride at the appointed time.  Having picked her up, a ceremony would take place.  The typical exchanging of vows and so on.
-          Now after the wedding, all of the attendants and guests would remain at the reception area, while the bride, groom, and best man would go off to the bridal chamber.  Once at the bridal chamber, the groom and bride would go in, while the best man would stand outside the door.  What was he doing there?  Well, the groom and bride would have their first relations, sealing the covenant of marriage.  If the bride was found not to be pure, the wedding was off.  But if she was pure, the groom would let out a shout and the best man hearing the shout, runs back to the reception and announces “A covenant has been made!”
-          Vs. 29-30 say, “The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.  Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.  He must increase, but I must decrease.”
It is the call of every believer to announce to the world, "A covenant has been made", through the death of Christ.  Is your joy complete?  Have you born that testimony?

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