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Jesus Our Way Into the Fatherís House

John 14:1-6

The scene

  • Jesus is preparing His disciples for the future.
  • There is tension in the air surrounding Jesus’ betrayal and coming death.
  • The disciples are troubled as they hear some serious words from the mouth of their Savior.
  • Jesus comforts His disciples with His promises.

 

The assurance of a new home in the presence of God the Son

Hebrew Betrothal

 

  1. Trust in the Savior. He is faithful.
  2. Jesus is preparing our eternal home.
  3. Jesus will come to receive His bride.
  4. Jesus wants us in His presence.
  5. Jesus is our way.

Jesus, the Bridegroom of the church, goes to prepare a place for us. Have a look at the Hebrew betrothal process and see the similarity.

 

From: www.laydownlife.net/yedidah/AncientJewishWeddingCeremony.htm

 

THE WEDDING

 

I.                 1) Either the father arranges the wedding as Samson’s father did, or2) the father sends an agent in his place, as Abraham sent Eleazer, or 3) the young man comes

by himself to the girl’s father to arrange the marriage between the two of them.

 

II.               If the young man goes to the house of the girl, he initially must carry these three things:

a)      A large sum of money (or many expensive items) to pay the price for the Bride

b)     A betrothal contract with his promises to the Bride written on it

c)      A skin of wine

Note: In John 5:8: “For there are three that bear witness in earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one”. In prophetic typology, the wine represents the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit), the water represents the Word—the marriage contract or Covenant--the Torah given at Sinai--and the blood represents the price paid for our salvation. Acts 20:28, Paul speaking to Pastors: “Take heed to yourselves,…to feed the assembly of Elohim, which He has purchased with His own blood”. Ephesians 1:14 (13In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 
14who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.) tells us that the Ruach’s presence with us is the “down-payment of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession…” His Bride was the purchased possession, and He is coming to fully redeem her unto Himself. I Corinthians 6:20; I Corinthians 7:23: “For you are bought with a price”.

 

III.             If the Father approves of the marriage, the girl is called in and they all drink the wine together. In the drinking of the wine, she commits herself to the young man. Jeremiah 31:31 “I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah”. Matthew 26:27-28: “And He took the cup (the 3rd cup of the Seder—the cup of Redemption) and gave thanks, and gave it to them saying `Drink you all of it: for this is My blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins’”. Thus, He renewed His Covenant in his own blood, with His remnant Bride--who would be taken from among the whole believing House of Israel.

 

                        IV. At this point, the two are considered husband and wife. Their union can only be dissolved by divorce, but their state is                                  still called “betrothal”, as with Mary and

                      Joseph.

 

                V. After the wine is drunk, the young man says the words of John 14:2-3. He will go away and prepare a room for them--                         adding on a room to his father’s house. He

promises that when the room is finished, he would come back for her, and she would forever be with him. She belongs to him now, for she has been “bought with a price’, and this purchase has been witnessed and confirmed.

 

                           VI.  The young man goes to prepare a chador (chamber) in his father’s house, sometimes called a “chuppah”                                                  (honeymoon bed).

 

                           VII.  The girl must now spend her time learning how to be a wife and mother, and to learn how to please her                                                       husband. He may be gone for as long as 2 years or more.