Christ loved the His Church and gave Himself for her. He completely gave Himself, even to death, the cursed death of the cross. He did this because He was more concerned with doing right by her, in loving her, than He was for His own body. He suffered for her in many ways. He was ridiculed, misunderstood, often even by her. But Jesus did not let any of this distract Him from His goal, to do all for the bride and then to dwell with her always, even to the end of the age.
And we come here each week to hear the promises of God, in Christ, “You are my beloved, in you I am well pleased.” The prayer of Jesus has become a reality and we are intimately connected to Him forever, world without end. Jesus has been raised from the dead and He has raised us up with Him in the heavenly places. There is no ‘til death us do part.’ We have entered eternity with the Lord Jesus and His bride will continue forever until she is made utterly glorious at the Resurrection, in full consummation, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.
For you gathered here, this bread and wine, His own flesh and blood, is His testament to You that He will never leave you or forsake you. The Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes.