Jesus, the Romancer of the Church

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.'”

John 3:16-17, New Living Translation

What if I told you that the universe was built for a romance?  Undoubtedly historians and psychiatrists would find that objectionable.  We may not understand life as clearly as we could, but it sure is not a passionate romance, or is it? But could it be a plausible reason for existence? 

I’ve been reading the Old Testament book of Song of Solomon the last few weeks and have thinking a lot about this very intense allegory between a shepherdess and her lover.

It is full of passion and of public declarations of love and desire.  A dialogue is developed, and truths are volleyed back and forth from character to character.

“Kiss me and kiss me again,
    for your love is sweeter than wine.
3 How fragrant your cologne;
    your name is like its spreading fragrance.
    No wonder all the young women love you!
4 Take me with you; come, let’s run!
    The king has brought me into his bedroom.”

Songs 1:2-4

Scripture as a whole leads us to believe that romance is much more substantial then we dreamed it could be.  But if we can, we should visualize Jesus’ love for us as being his motivation for doing what he has done, and is doing.  Love is what keeps him from letting us go!

There are dozens of scriptures that declare a heated love for you.  I believe in a divine romance that Jesus has for your soul.  Love continues to motivate him to reach out for you.  Your devotional life (as Christians call it) is your dialogue with Him.  A sharing of hearts between you and Jesus.

The ancient Jews regarded the book of Song of Solomon to be the ‘holiest of holies’ of scripture and set apart to be read during Passover. 

That time, the Passover, was the most significant in the act of redemption. The inclusion of this book was no accident. It reveals a deep lover that woos a bride. He is quite passionate about you.

You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride;  you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.”

Songs 4:9, ESV

I think that our pastors, and leaders need a “theology of romance” to clarify the place of discipleship in our hearts.  Instead of cold doctrine we need a fervent passion to work it through our lives.  We are the bride of Christ, and we must be reminded of that.  “I am my beloveds and he is mine.”

“Who is this sweeping in from the desert,
    leaning on her lover?”

Songs 8:5, NLT

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