John, a 13 year old student of North Vancouver Christian Academy, was in acute pain, having stabbed himself with the sharp end of a pencil that morning. This accident took place just before the children gathered together, receiving words of knowledge from God and praying for each other. As John came forward, another student prayed a simple prayer of faith, laying her hands on him. Immediately the pain left and even the stab mark instantly disappeared. John, being filled with joy upon receiving his healing, rubbing his hands together, thanking God, exclaimed: “Even the bump is gone!” God is good! What He does is always good! And when He shows up good things happen!
The traditional Jewish wedding has three parts. The first part is called Shidukhin, meaning engagement. It is time when the man and woman, realizing their love, make promises to marry each other. This occasion would be celebrated and the marriage would be set at a future date. In Talmudic times, around 200 A.D., the groom would pay a dowry for his bride, literally purchasing her, and establish the covenant between them.
As the price was paid on Calvary, all that mankind lost in the Garden of Eden through the deception of Satan, Jesus has redeemed on the cross. Having made peace through His precious blood, Jesus destroyed the works of the enemy once and for all. And giving the gift of peace, in John 14:27 He tells us: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. That word peace, “eirene” in the Greek language, comes from the primary verb “eiro” meaning to join. So what Jesus is saying here is, as we come in to the covenant that He has ratified, we join to Him and access peace that He has for us, for He is our peace.
In Numbers 6:23 the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace”‘. Most people understand the Hebrew word “shalom” as meaning “peace”, but that’s only a small part of the full meaning of that word. As Jewish people greet or bid farewell to each other, they are saying much more then simply “hello” or “goodbye”. According to Strong’s Concordance 7965 Shalom also means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. In modern Hebrew the related word “shelem” means to pay for, and “shulam” means to be fully paid.
Colossians 1:20 says, “And, having made peace through the blood of His cross”. The world in the mist of turmoil is looking for peace, but only true Christians have it. And it’s only available through the blood covenant with Christ. It is something Jesus paid for in full, and made it available to us. Not only did He paid the price for His bride to be free from the power of death, but gave His “shalom”, the fullness of His provision. In Him we have total completeness, wholeness, health, and peace. His love purchased our welfare, our safety, our tranquility. We have fullness in Christ, rest and harmony. In Him we are perfect and complete.
In Hebrews 9:15 we read “For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance”. On the hill of Golgotha, nailed to the cross, blood running down His bruised and beaten body, He said “It is finished”. The dowry was paid for His bride. Just like a man from the Parable of the Hidden Treasure, who for the joy of over it goes and sells all that he has and buys that field, Jesus gave His all. He purchased His bride paying the supreme price, giving His life. In Hebrew 9:17 it says, “For a covenant is valid only when men are dead”. He validated this New Covenant with His own blood, purchasing His bride, you and me, in the eternal act of love.
Jesus paid the ultimate price for His bride because she is worth it. Just like that man in Matthew 13:44, who found a great treasure, Christ found the treasure.
His bride is His greatest treasure.