Who Is Jesus?
Christ, to put your trust in Him - church can't save you. Works can't save you. The only thing that can give a
relationship with God is faith in Christ. Is there any person here today at that place of decision, please raise your
hand and let me know I want to receive Christ today. I want to receive Jesus.
Okay, the second decision for you to make, are you filled with the Holy Spirit yet, do you have the Holy Spirit baptism,
speak in a new language, starting to flow with the Holy Spirit, because He's the one who prepares you. He's the one
you'll be listening to. When did you last speak in tongues? Have you got that gift? Why not open your heart today and
receive it? Is there anyone here just at that place of decision to receive the Holy Ghost?
Here's the last decision I want you to consider. I wonder today what you are doing this year to make yourself ready, to
prepare yourself? How is your devotion to Jesus Christ? Are there things in your heart, other lovers, other friends,
things that have taken away that simplicity of just enjoying walking with Him? What are they? How about your prayer
life, your time in the word and prayer, building a daily time and also listening and being empowered and filled by the
Spirit of God day by day? What's happening there? What about the area of just yielding and surrendering to the Holy
Spirit, letting Him talk into your life. When did you last hear Him speak? You need to make decisions about reordering
your life, and what are you doing to extend the gospel, to build the house of God, and extend the kingdom? If there's
nothing you're doing, then that would be a great place to make yourself ready this year.
This is what we'll do now, just as you're thinking about what it is you need to respond to, we're just going to stand in a
moment, just each who person put their hand up to receive Jesus I'd like you to make your way to the front, stand in a
row in front of me. I want to lead you in a prayer to receive Jesus. It'll take about a minute, two minutes and then we'll
pray for you. Everyone is going to appreciate and value you made this decision. It's a great decision. So ready
church, let's all stand together, one, two, three, stand, come on, let's give them a clap as people who put their hand
· The key question Jesus asked Peter: Who do you say that I am? (Mt.16:15-16)
· The main theme of the Book of Revelation is the revealing of Jesus Christ. (Rev.1:1)
· Rev.19:7-9 “…the marriage of the Lamb has come and His wife has made herself ready”.
· Rev.19 Reveals Jesus as:
(i) A Passio9nate Bridegroom – coming to fulfil His Wedding promises
(ii) A sovereign King – coming to conquer His enemies and rule
(iii) A Righteous Judge – coming to call all men to account
· Each picture reveals a different aspect of who Jesus is and how He relates to us.
· N.T. has 23 different references to the Bridegroom aspect of Jesus.
2. The Jewish Wedding – Key Elements
· The Jewish wedding consisted of two distinct parts: Betrothal and the Wedding.
(a) The Betrothal (Kiddushin) (Mt.1:18-19 Joseph and Mary)
(i) The Arrangement (Shiddukhin)
· Either the father of the groom arranged the marriage (Samson), or the father sends an agent in his place (Abraham), or the young man comes by himself to
the girl’s father to arrange the marriage.
· The young man brought money, a wedding contract and a flask of wine.
(ii) The Bridal Price (mohair)
· The two men discussed and agreed upon the price that would be paid to
purchase the bride. It changed her status, freeing her from her father’s house.
(iii) The Wedding Contract (Ketubah)
· The groom then proposed to the bride and if she consented the marriage contract (Ketubah) was written up and signed.
· This binding document called a “Ketubah” was kept in the bride’s possession until the consummation of the marriage.
· The wedding contract laid out all the groom’s promises of provision for his bride and details about the wedding arrangements.
(iv) The Bridal Gift (Matan)
· Once the proposal was agreed, the price paid, and the wedding contract signed they drank wine together. In the drinking of the wine the bride commits to
the groom – they are now betrothed and considered married.
· The groom gives a bridal gift to his bride, a reminder to his bride of his love for her and his coming to receive her as his wife.
(v) The Betrothal Period (Kiddinshim – set apart, holy)
· After the betrothal the bride was considered to be married although still living separate from her bridegroom. It would take a divorce to break the