Home – He is ours and We are His

Hopefully anyone reading this blog post, understands the term ‘bride of Christ’ is not referring to an Australian ABC series on nuns that was aired in the 1980’s! It is not even referring to the Catholic church, or any denomination or church building. If you’re not sure who the Bride of Christ is, I can tell you right now, that the Bride of Christ is the same as the Body of Christ  – it is the collective body of believers who are in Him – those who have received salvation and have become part of Him – in other words, The Church.  Although there are a few lyrics that don’t fit with the picture, to me, this song is an awesome dialogue in song between the Lord Jesus and His beloved Bride.

Have you ever been so at ease and in love with your partner that you have said to him or her “I’m at home when I’m with you”? This is an expression of feeling safe, comfortable, secure, completely free to be self, and having a sense of absolute belonging from eternity past.

So, this song called ‘Home’ is about a guy named Alexander (representing Christ) and a sheila named Jade (representing the church) and they sing to eachother about how they are eachothers’ home.

One can hear Jesus saying to his Beloved Bride that His home is within her, His home is her (We the church are called the temple of the Holy Spirit, He has made us His dwelling place and in the words of Frank Viola, we have become His Bethany,-His favourite place on earth,a place He can call home).

We can hear the church represented by Jade, singing back to Jesus about the fact that He is her home, that wherever Christ is, she is home. The two sing of how nothing compares to the love they have for one another.

Toward the end of the song, Alexander confesses to Jade that when they first met and she fell out a window, he was falling in love with her as he took care of her. This spoke to me of Jesus, in love with us the church, picking up His Bride-to-be when she was in a sorry state with no salvation, brushing her off, healing her, making her sins of scarlet white as snow, when she had no idea of His love for her. As it says in Romans 5:8  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.

I do hope anyone who listens to this song as part of this blog post and follows the words, can receive a little bit of the Lord’s fun and life in His love toward His cherished one….us.

Enjoy…..(but be warned….it’s hard to get this tune out of your head!! – but that might be a good thing!)

Karate Kid – “Not Everything Is As It Seems”

What a classic movie.  Karate Kid is a story of a unique relationship. The relationship of Christ and His church. What a great lesson in putting our trust in the Lord. Trusting Him to fulfill what He said He would do. Trusting His expertise. Loving just being with Him. Walking with Him.

Two main characters – Daniel-son and Mr. Miagi.

Daniel-son, a young boy, is like the church, the believer. Daniel-son needs to learn karate in order to defend himself.  In order to do so, he is mentored by Mr. Miagi, a karate expert, an unassuming, older, wiser man, who respects the craft and loves Daniel-son as his own son. Mr. Miagi is like the Lord.

Mr. Miagi finds Daniel-son, not the other way round. Although Daniel-son goes looking to find this ‘maintenance man’ who has mysteriously fixed his bike, to thank him, it is Mr. Miagi who has opened the door for their meeting by this hidden gesture of love and care.  Just as it is the Lord who first loved us. We love Him because He first loved us – His love drew us to Him, in gratitude. But in addition to this, we were unable to love the Lord until His love was poured out into us first. Then, it is with the same love He has given us, that we can love Him in return.

We see this in the relationship between Daniel-son and Mr. Miagi. Daniel-son begins to imitate Mr. Miagi’s love and respect and we see him become wise, humble, self-controlled and a young man of dignity, in the characteristics of his master. Like the church, with her Master.

My favourite scene is when Mr. Miagi has agreed to train Daniel-son, and has subsequently had Daniel-son sanding and painting Mr. Miagi’s Japanese garden walk-ways and fencing, and polishing his collection of cars.

Daniel-son has taken seriously the lessons from Mr. Miagi on how to do these tasks – wax on, wax off, circle left, circle right, up and down, up and down….. After hours of this, Daniel-son gets sick of this and starts resenting the tedious work he has been asked to do, feeling he’s being taken advantage of and ripped off because he’s not being taught karate how he thinks he should be. He only sees that he has been waxing, polishing, sanding and painting. That’s all his eyes can see. He is seeing through his eyes, not through Mr. Miagi’s eyes.

Mr. Miagi, at the end of the day and seeing Daniel-son’s frustration, gets Daniel-son to show him his moves he has learned. Daniel-son lifts his arms up to demonstrate the newly acquired skill of moving his arms in a certain fashion. Instantly, Mr. Miagi lifts up his own arms interacting with Daniel-son’s movement to attempt a karate move against Daniel-son and Daniel-son discovers that his own movement he has just learnt is in fact blocking Mr. Miagi from being able to hurt him. With each demonstration of each different movement, the same thing occurs. Daniel-son is now demonstrating a trained skill in karate, without even knowing he had acquired this skill.  He thought he had only been waxing, polishing, sanding and painting. Now he was adequately sparring with Mr. Miagi.

Daniel-son begins to see through Mr. Miagi’s eyes.

So it is with us. The Lord takes us through learning processes that take time and in our eyes, look totally unrelated to anything of any value. It might not be until years later that we see through the Lord’s eyes, the value of all that we have been through – the tedious hours of a mundane job, the struggle with certain personalities, being faced with opposition and trials, loss, seemingly not gaining anything at all.

Mr. Miagi like the Lord, displays no frustration with Daniel-son’s immaturity. He understands why Daniel-son is feeling resentful, he is gracious and patient with him. He understands the way of youth. The Lord understands our humanity and bears with us.

As Daniel-son and Mr. Miagi spend many hours together, their relationship forms a unique bond. There is a certain intimacy in our relationship with the Lord, that is just between us. And it is through this time spent together, that we become like Him. We watch Him, listen to Him, share with Him, hang out with Him. We let Him be our Master. We become the Lord’s friend, like Abraham. Of-course, Daniel-son becomes a karate expert and knocks out his opponents in the competition which we can relate to, as the Lord equips us, His church, but more importantly by Karate Kid III, Daniel-son introduces Mr. Miagi to his new girlfriend as his ‘best friend’.