[anzac] "BRIDAL" DISCIPLES??

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 10:01:26 -0700
"WHAT IF?"
-by S. Hill.

Hello Friends

What if John 15 read like this?
Jesus looked at the disciples, sighed deeply and said, " I can hardly
wait for my marriage supper when we will be united as bride and  
groom!  I can hardly wait to behold you in your beautiful wedding  
dress and call you my beloved!"

"From now on I am not calling you servants but 'My Bride' because my  
Father is uniting us in marriage."

I think Peter and John would have begun to look for an exit  
strategy!  Time to go back to fishing!  Things are getting weird  
around here!

NO!  Jesus looked at his men and said to them,  "You are my friends  
if you do whatever I command you."   No obedience, no friendship!   
The dominant relational metaphor of John 15 is father/son and  
friends- the band of brothers.  Love is demonstrated by doing, not by  
singing love songs!

Why does the metaphor of the bride (which we also need but which has  
much more to do with the future!)  have so much more air time in some  
parts of the  church than the metaphor of a band of brothers  
fulfilling a mission?  Why the bridal imagery so much more than that  
of the army on white horses?

Maybe we love the bridal stuff of Jesus the lover because it is  
romantic, pretty and indoors  rather than the messy, challenging and  
outdoor life of Jesus the servant?  Maybe that is why worship  
conferences sell out but few of us have little evidence to accuse us  
of being friends of sinners?

Paul (II Timothy 2) did not tell Timothy to work on his new romantic  
worship CD!  He told him to fight like a soldier, compete like an  
athlete, work like a farmer and suffer like a prisoner.  Nothing  
romantic or nice there.  Nothing you can sing your way through.  You  
either do it or you do not.

Jesus did not promise to make His disciples romantic lovers.
He promised to make them "fishers of men" and promised them  
persecution and suffering as they did it.

When does private "seeking His face" become an obedience avoidance  
mechanism?

He has placed His face on the least and said that to serve them is to  
serve Him!

~SOURCE - www.harvest-now.org