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Summary: Faithfulness to the Lord! Are you? This sermon delves into that question using a story with a surprise ending.

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Are You Faithful To Jesus?

Isaiah 62:1-12

{1} For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns.

[2] The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the Lord will name.

[3] You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the Lord, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.

[4] You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the Lord delights in you, And your land shall be married.

[5] For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.

Today, I want to tell you wedding story.

Stephanie Crosby and Tony Ellsworth were getting married.

Stephanie wasn’t the most attractive girl you’ve ever seen.

She was a little over weight…and her nose was larger than most.

Even though her parents were rich…

Stephanie never had a steady boyfriend…and seldom dated.

Still, Tony had fallen in love with her.

They met at church and had been seeing each other for a year.

When Tony asked Stephanie to marry him…

He promised to be faithful and provide all her needs.

Stephanie told Tony that she loved him with all her heart.

She promised that she would always be a faithful, loving wife.

Transition:

In our Bible passage this morning…

Isaiah gives us a prophecy about God’s people.

He says in Verse 1: I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns.

In Verse 2: You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the Lord will name.

Clearly, this is about God’s desire for His people.

It’s very much like Tony’s desire for Stephanie.

Point #1

Jesus Loves You.

[3] You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the Lord, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.

Jesus wants to have a relationship with you!

Can you see that?

His desire is to have you for Himself!

Song of Solomon 7:10 I am my beloved’s, And his desire is toward me.

I don’t care how fat..or thin…you are…

How attractive…or unattractive…

How tall…or short..

How old…or young…

Jesus love you!

The night before Jesus went to the cross to die for you, He said: John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

No matter what others might think about you…

Jesus loves you!

Transition:

Stephanie’s parents were rich.

They wanted their daughter’s wedding to be a big event.

They arranged for the wedding to take place

at the largest church in the city.

Stephanie’s Mom hired the best photographer available…

To take all those wedding pictures.

His bill was going to run several thousand dollars.

The big Community Center in that city was rented.

A fancy wedding reception would be held there.

A caterer was hired to provide all the food.

The wedding cake would cost close to $1,000.

Stephanie’s wedding dress cost nearly $4,000 dollars.

The dresses for the maid of honor and 6 bridesmaids

were also very expensive.

Fancy wedding invitations were printed up…

And mailed out to about 500 persons.

Airline tickets were bought and hotel accommodations made…

For a 7 day honeymoon in Hawaii.

Well, the day of the wedding finally arrived.

The church was loaded with people.

Some of the wedding guests had come from a long distance.

The wedding ceremony went off like clock work.

Everything went perfect!

Transition:

Jesus not only loves us…He wants to be married to us!

Point #2

When We Get Saved,

We Are Married To Christ

[5] For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.

Listen to Romans 7: 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another--to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

Jesus referred to Himself as the groom in Mark 2:19

And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.

Listen how God’s Word tells us husbands to love our wives!

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

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