The Bride of Christ


There are many pictures of the Bride of Christ in the Scriptures.  Lately, I have been captured by an encounter in the Scriptures between Jesus and a woman.  I believe this woman is a picture of the corporate Bride of Christ, and our focus today should be the same as hers.  The story is found in Luke 7:

Anointing His Feet

 36-39One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him.”

 40Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

   “Oh? Tell me.”

 41-42“Two men were in debt to a banker. One owed five hundred silver pieces, the other fifty. Neither of them could pay up, and so the banker canceled both debts. Which of the two would be more grateful?”

 43-47Simon answered, “I suppose the one who was forgiven the most.”

   “That’s right,” said Jesus. Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.”

 48Then he spoke to her: “I forgive your sins.”

 49That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: “Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!”

 50He ignored them and said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

(Taken from the Message Bible.)

What does this story show you about the Bride of Christ?

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2 responses to “The Bride of Christ

  • R.C. Babione

    The Bride has been forgiven much (all, in fact). Her devotion is such that she doesn’t care what the world thinks of her. She is so captured, enamored, by Jesus, the bridegroom, that she weeps at His feet. She pours forth all she has, possessions and inside herself, to show her love and adoration.

    For me, it also shows just how very worthy Christ is of our love and devotion. He loves us completely, even knowing our past, to allow us to love on Him and to forgive our sins.

    Thanks for the reminder, brother.

  • Frank Prescott

    This made me think of Ephesians 5:26-27: 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[g] her with the washing of water by the word. 27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. (HCSB)

    The woman poured out her heart and gave her best as she realized the magnificent Christ. Jesus through forgiving her sin purified her and made her acceptable. This is what He has done for the bribe he has prepared.

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