The king had everything his heart could wish for, but he was lonely. Companionship was lacking in the midst of riches beyond measure. He considered how he could use his creative genius to create companionship. He could make a couple of creatures with his traits and character, his personality. If he made them to have choice then he would persuade them of his goodness and entice them to love him. If he gave them choice there was the risk of their choosing their own way and abandoning him. So he planned how he could redeem them to himself if and when they chose not to be friends with him. Actually, he would eventually like to be married to these creatures made in his image, but that would take some serious sacrifice on his part. It would be worth it, though, for he was so lonely.
These creatures, called man and woman, were made with huge holes in their souls that could only be filled with the king’s love. They went on life-time quests to find what might fill the void within them – primarily physical pleasures that lasted such a short time. Small gods such as other humans or tame animals. Some delighted in sports and personal skills such as hunting and fishing. Others learned to make stringed instruments and created music. It satisfied to a degree but never quite filled their inner emptiness. The king looked down at his creation and felt a deep yearning to be intimate with these beautiful creatures who had no idea of his existence or his ability to satisfy their deepest longings.
At some point in the centuries of earth-time, the king decided it was time for him to redeem his fallen creatures, so he put on the identity of a man-child born of a young woman and lived in the corrupted world of humanity. As the perfect man, the king always made a place in his life for his mother and brothers and sisters, even when they scorned him. He learned carpentry from his earthly father and became a skilled tradesman. The king as a man later became a teacher who trained, encouraged and challenged his followers to love him. He invited them to become his friends in his teaching, his rest, and all the joys that were his. Even when taken captive by the religious police of that day, the king remembered to entrust his mother’s care to one of his followers. He invited a criminal on one side of his cross to be with him in Paradise. In unbearable pain and anguish the king never stopped loving the people he had created.
Having paid the terrible sacrifice of his human body and blood, the king returned to his kingdom, forever a king-human to prepare dwellings for his lovely bride. He sent the spirit of his father to walk as intimately with those who chose to follow him as they would allow. The deeper the submission and yearning humans expressed, the deeper the intimacy the king enjoyed with them. His created beings had cost him everything he had, but, oh, it was worth the shame he suffered to gain the love of those who chose to follow him.
During his time on earth as a man, the king spoke often about his desire to marry those who loved him as a collective bride. They were dull of hearing but eventually some of the king’s teaching began to penetrate their thinking. During the king’s human infancy, royal visitors brought him gold, frankincense, and myrrh which were often worn by a groom on his wedding day. In the first of the king’s creative miracles as a man, he turned water into fine wine at a wedding. When the king’s followers asked when he would come back he said he didn’t know – only his father knew. The king explained that he was going back to his kingdom to build dwelling places for his bride. In a Jewish betrothal, the groom built an addition to his father’s house for his bride. But it was the father’s decision when the bride would be invited to come. During the king’s last meal with his followers, he took a cup of wine and passed it around. “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.” The king wouldn’t drink again from that cup until the wedding feast with them in his father’s kingdom.
Along with these subtle messages of the king’s desire for a bride that was his equal, the king also realized that further creative power was necessary to transform his bride into the stunning creature he cried out for within himself.
“He who began a good work in you will continue developing that good work, perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you (Phil.1:6).”