Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Brant PitreIn Jesus the Bridegroom, Brant Pitre once again taps into the wells of Jewish Scripture and tradition, and unlocks the secrets of what is arguably the most well-known symbol of the Christian faith: the cross of Christ. In this thrilling exploration, Pitre shows how the suffering and death of Jesus was far more than a tragic Roman execution. Instead, the Passion of Christ was the fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecies of a wedding, when the God of the universe would wed himself to humankind in an everlasting nuptial covenant.
To be sure, most Christians are familiar with the apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a husband for his wife? If you would have been at the Crucifixion, with Jesus hanging there dying, is that how you would have described it? How could a first-century Jew like Paul, who knew how brutal Roman crucifixions were, have ever compared the execution of Jesus to a wedding? And why does he refer to this as the “great mystery” (Ephesians 5:32)?
As Pitre shows, the key to unlocking this mystery can be found by going back to Jewish Scripture and tradition and seeing the entire history of salvation, from Mount Sinai to Mount Calvary, as a divine love story between Creator and creature, between God and Israel, between Christ and his bride—a story that comes to its climax on the wood of a Roman cross.
In the pages of Jesus the Bridegroom, dozens of familiar passages in the Bible—the Exodus, the Song of Songs, the Wedding at Cana, the Woman at the Well, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and even the Second Coming at the End of Time—are suddenly transformed before our eyes. Indeed, when seen in the light of Jewish Scripture and tradition, the life of Christ is nothing less than the greatest love story ever told.
The Greatest Love of All (Romans 5:6-8; 1 John 4:19)
Are you still searching for the greatest love? Contact us to learn more about Him. Of all the topics to write about in literature and music…. Love moves the heart and takes us on journeys from the highest plateaus to the deepest of valleys. We can agree that it is important to know your inner strengths and weaknesses, to be comfortable in your own skin.
The love that Whitney Houston sang about is an incredibly selfish,secular humanistic love. Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised that this wicked world embraced The Greatest Love as inspirational. In her song, "Greatest Love Of All,"1 Whitney Houston claimed that the greatest love of all was to love yourself: "Learning to love yourself. It is the greatest love of all. According to Jesus, love that people give to each other and to God fulfils all the commandments of God. God's love is compared to the height of the heavens above the earth4 and even beyond. Jesus defined the greatest love from a human perspective, as recorded in the gospel of John:.
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She was an artist in a class of her own in her lifetime, and her tragic end has many of us still wondering where it all fell apart. She could silence an auditorium when she started singing. I wish that Whitney had taken those words to heart, not merely read them on a music sheet to memorize them for performances around the world but had actually digested their meaning. And she would have spared her daughter the grief of being young and yet lost in this big cruel world without her mother. I wish Whitney knew her worth.