The bride and the bridegroom (Jn 3:29-3:29)

“He who has the bride

Is the bridegroom.

The friend of the bridegroom,

Who stands

And hears him,

Rejoices greatly

At the bridegroom’s voice.

Therefore,

My joy has been fulfilled.”

Ὁ ἔχων τὴν νύμφην νυμφίος ἐστίν· ὁ δὲ φίλος τοῦ νυμφίου ὁ ἑστηκὼς καὶ ἀκούων αὐτοῦ, χαρᾷ χαίρει διὰ τὴν φωνὴν τοῦ νυμφίου. αὕτη οὖν ἡ χαρὰ ἡ ἐμὴ πεπλήρωται.

John uniquely presented John the Baptist continue with his poetic theological presentation to his disciples.  John the Baptist said that the bridegroom has the bride (Ὁ ἔχων τὴν νύμφην νυμφίος ἐστίν).  However, the friend or best man of the bridegroom stands nearby (ὁ δὲ φίλος τοῦ νυμφίου ὁ ἑστηκὼς).  There was a difference between the bridegroom and the friend.  The friend or best man heard or listened to the bridegroom (καὶ ἀκούων αὐτοῦ).  The friend rejoiced with joy (χαρᾷ χαίρει) at the voice of the bridegroom (διὰ τὴν φωνὴν τοῦ νυμφίου).  His joy had been fulfilled (αὕτη οὖν ἡ χαρὰ ἡ ἐμὴ πεπλήρωται).  The friend of the bridegroom, John the Baptist, was happy to hear the voice of the bridegroom, Jesus.  Therefore, John rejoiced with a fulfilled joy with Jesus, the bridegroom.  There was no conflict here.  Jesus was the Christ.  John the Baptist was not.  Have you ever considered how Jesus and John the Baptist worked together?

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