Blog: The Truth of Love (2/10/22)
By Minister Melanie Dees Campbell
Ark Ministries Hope of the World
The Messiah did many more things than what we read about in the Bible; John 21:25 tells us that the whole world could not contain the books if they were written. There is great significance to every recorded teaching, parable, and miracle that guides us to have present intimacy with the Lord while securing our future eternal life. Each tied to a purpose of bringing us into a deeper covenant relationship with our Creator.
When Yahshua/Jesus, at the wedding at Cana in Galilee, turned water into wine, it was the first sign manifesting his glory, which caused the disciples to believe in him. The pots used for cleansing/purification were six in number representing the manifestation of sin, for seven is spiritual perfection, and six is insufficient. No matter how beautiful or symbolic the rituals, the purification is done only by the blood of the Messiah. People will always fall short of spiritual perfection on their own. We must be united with our Savior by the Spirit.
Throughout Scripture we read that God wanted devotion and obedience with his people in loving intimacy. Jew and Gentile, a new man, united by the Savior, is called to be the Bride of Christ/Messiah. When each receives the Messiah, accepting the purifying sacrificial blood of the Messiah, then the body of believers can unite as a bride and join the bridegroom. Reflecting on the unity of love and joy in a marriage, it is a celebration of the bride and groom living a covenant that proclaims it to family and community. We can start by never denying the Lord, but rather proclaiming that Jesus/Yahshua is Lord.
Those who are not clothed in the proper wedding garments (Matthew 22:11-13) are those who are not clothed in the righteousness of Christ/Messiah. We can put on the wedding garment by the grace of God to be covered by the blood of Messiah/Christ (Romans 5:9) because (Ephesians 1:7) our redemption and our coming together is through the blood of Yahshua/ Jesus (Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 13:12). This garment is our clothing in righteousness due to the acceptance of the atoning blood sacrifice with the assurance that our sins are forgiven (Romans 4:7) by grace, and we are brought near by his blood (Ephesians 2:13) .
Teaching to commemorate his death, the Savior took the third cup of wine, redemption, at the Last Supper to ratify the new covenant. The sinless life of Jesus/Yahshua and His sacrifice to take His blood into the Holy of Holies for us should inspire us to be deeply in love with our Lord. By making us think back to the first miracle of the wedding at Cana, we can see how he took our lack of spiritual perfection, our sins, and gave his best in the end for us. The song with the words that nothing but the blood of Jesus will make us whole resonates in my heart.
One day there will be a New Jerusalem; but for now, let’s put on our wedding garment daily knowing that we are married to Jesus/Yahshua, saved by the blood of the lamb. We can look forward to his return as a Lion of Judah and be ready to proclaim, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Blessings and Shalom