“A person can receive not even one thing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ He who has the bride is the groom; but the friend of the groom, who stands and listens to him, rejoices greatly because of the groom’s voice.”-John 3:27-29
John the Baptist really is out here dropping deep esoteric truths in the most laidback fashion possible. “He who has the bride is the groom.” This is thrown into the mix of his testimony to Christ without any explanation being offered.
In fact, the Gospel of John is probably my favorite and I’ve missed this gem at least 2 dozen times in my readings.
Of course, that’s the beauty of esotericism. It’s deep. The really meaty parts of scripture have to be digested- meditated on and poured over, cross referenced and revisited time and again until they are understood by the student.
John is such an abstract variation of the Gospel- seemingly at odds with the synoptic gospels- that one cannot help but see an inner transformation at its roots. Each of the seven signs performed by Christ relates to the seven churches found in Revelations. It is a meditative manual hidden in symbolism that stirs something deep within us.
Without diving too deep into occult science that confuses more than it helps allow me to elaborate on why the Bride and Bridegroom play such an important part of Johns teaching. The first sign of Christ is performed at the Wedding of Cana right. Water being turned into wine is the same form of transmutation alchemists of olde were seeking with their sevenfold process-
I covered this in detail in a post called the Wedding At Cana for those of you who are interested in the details.
-Anyways, the Bride and the Bridegroom have always been used as a symbol of perfect Union. The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz being a perfect example. It’s also in this text that we see a reference made to the cutting of bread rather than breaking of bread. That’s another one of those references that’s so obscure it’s almost missed. He then goes on to speak of the nine Lords who are present at the feast.
Care to guess how many books in the Bible reference the cutting of bread?
If you said nine you’re a genius.
Now, out of those nine books several were written by, or attributed to, the Apostle John. This is no mere coincidence as the Apostle John is the only Apostle whose primary focus is on the path of inner transformation and deepening our understanding of who Christ is within us.
So, when we see John the Baptist describe Christ as ‘He who has the Bride’ you can bet dollars to pesos that something inward is being discussed. Christ is also referenced as ‘the light of the human race’ because Christ is the bridge that connects us to the Divine.
I could elaborate on this but I feel that the only real way for people to grasp this is for them to meditate on what Christ said in regards to Union. With that I leave you to ponder yet another passage from the Gospel of Thomas:
“Jesus replies: “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner as the outer, and the upper as the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male shall not be male, and the female shall not be female: . . . then you will enter [the kingdom].”-Thomas 22