Watching one of my guilty-pleasure television shows, I saw something that took me by surprise. A woman was preparing for her wedding day, going through the process of getting her dress fitted. The situation she faced was not my surprise. The company worked with her to create the experience she wanted while working around her wheelchair. The double-take came when they showed video from the wedding, the groom sat in a chair during the ceremony. Wanting to look in his bride’s eye, he sat face-to-face with her at the altar.
The image sticks with my very-visual mind, not only for the sweetness shown in the image, but for what it means to us.
We come to our spiritual wedding feast, at a different level than our groom. Where the show’s bride had a physical difference, we come to Jesus with a spiritual difference. And He sits. He sits next to us. He sits face-to-face with us, promising forever, promising faithfulness, and promising a future we cannot yet imagine.
Just as the show’s groom looked beyond the wheelchair and sought to look his bride in the eye, Jesus approaches us the same way. He does not ask that we crane our necks or feel less than Him. He comes to our level.
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” –Hebrews 2:9 (NKJV)
He wants to look us in the eye. Let us no longer avoid the intimacy of His love for us.
Photo by Ariel da Silva Parreira