Every Saturday night, brides from Bucharest and beyond are dragged away in a mock abduction by friends and driven to a top tourist spot where they are “held hostage” for a ransom.
The ransom: Maybe be a few bottles of whisky, something more romantic by the groom or even money. The kidnappers negotiate by phone, working out the details of the payoff. Mock abductions of brides are part of marriage ceremonies across the former Soviet Union.
While this custom is intended to create an exciting event, the thought of being abducted away from the love of your life is a real scary thought. Though not strange to all of us, this actually took place once. The beautiful bride of Christ was abducted by Satan. Satan held humans captive for thousands of years in a most hostile and cruel way…
To redeem us, Jesus had to offer His life as a ransom “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45. The blood of the Creator of the universe was offered for saving His created fallen beings.
What a ransom!
Very soon, Christ will come back for His bride -the church, and the ransomed will be united forever with their Savior “Let not your heart be troubled…I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.” Revelation 22:17.
Jesus is coming back to this earth to reward His people as He promised and to take them to the beautiful home He has prepared for them. He will restore to His people all of the joys and glories of Eden that was lost by sinning.
Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When His image shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come. It is our privilege to hasten the day of glorious home-coming (2 Peter. 3:12).
Make sure to be a part of the greatest wedding celebration ever!