When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and
released his spirit.
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to witness the wedding of a close friend of mine as he committed himself to love, cherish and protect his new bride. It is always a beautiful experience to be part of a wedding service and see the love that a bride and groom display on their special day. During the reception the
question was asked about the groom, "where did he propose". This made me think of another bridegroom and his proposal and specifically the location of his proposal. This bridegroom that I speak of is found in Matthew 25 in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. This bridegroom is Jesus Christ.
The bible describes Jesus as a bridegroom and his followers as his bride. The illustration of a bride and groom is used as it demonstrates the immense love that Jesus has for his people, as a groom should have for his wife. But there is something that makes Jesus different to every other groom. While my friend proposed on the top of a building, while others propose on vacations, while some may propose at a fancy restaurant, Jesus proposed on a wooden cross. Not at a sky deck but on top of a mountain known as the place of the skull. He was not on vacation but rather was working extremely hard and through excruciating pain for your salvation and mine. His proposal was not at a fancy restaurant but on an old rugged cross. With his arms stretched out and nails through his hands and feet he declared the ultimate love for all mankind. The cross of Calvary was Jesus' proposal to you and me because he wants to be in a personal and intimate relationship with us all. Jesus said "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends". Jesus gave his life for you my friend as he proposed on the cross and he said "It is finished" signifying his victory and his magnificent proposal to spend eternity with you? Will you say 'yes' to Jesus invitation to live daily with him? I pray that we all answer 'yes' and ultimately say 'I do' as we choose to spend eternal life with our Lord and Savior.
God bless you