Before the time of Christ, the leaders of Jerusalem and Israel were expecting a conquering King to rise up for the nation, to make it great again. They did not get what they expected.
Those who know Old Testament prophecy may remember the prophet, Isaiah, had centuries before the time of Christ proclaimed that the people of God, after the sacrificial work of a wonderful Redeemer, would be called Bride!
ISA 49.18 …[As] I live, says the LORD, you shall surely clothe yourself with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them [on you], as a bride.
ISA 62.5 …[as] the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, [so] shall your God rejoice over you.
Several centuries later, John the Baptist and prophet, preached the coming of Jesus just before He began His earthly ministry. John also identified Jesus as the Bridegroom, and himself as the friend who rejoices with the Bridegroom.
JOH 3.28-29 …I am not the Christ, but I am sent before Him. He that has the bride is the Bridegroom: but the friend of the Bridegroom, who stands and hears Him, rejoices greatly because of the Bridegroom’s voice: by this my joy is fulfilled.
When Jesus the Messiah came to earth as flesh and blood, He came not to govern one nation, but to love and win hearts of all on earth who would love Him in return. He came as a Bridegroom to restore the heart and family of God – Israel of God – to Himself.
It is worth a mention, however, that the protective blessing of national greatness, by lesson of history, is a byproduct of purity and faithfulness of the people to God.
Friends, our Bridegroom has arisen and His heart is on His sleeve. He gave His life to know, love and be loved. Jesus calls all who will listen to His voice, “Trust Me, will you place your hand in mine, and become part of my beloved family, Israel?”
Trust the Bridegroom… and know the rewards of being the bride are eternal!