Perhaps you’ve heard of the saying, “Seal it with a kiss!” This saying is often heard at wedding ceremonies. Why is that?
The Significance of A Kiss
The word ‘seal’ and the word ‘kiss’ are very similar in meaning.
First of all, both a seal and a kiss are actions that require a small, directed touch.
Secondly, when something is ‘sealed’, it serves as evidence that an authentic decision has been made, and that it is official, approved, and secured.
In the very same way, when a kiss happens, it is like the action of a seal! A kiss, just like a seal, is an action that makes something official, authentic, secured, and approved.
That is why we will hear this saying at the celebrated occasion of a wedding: “Seal it with a kiss!” The action of a kiss is therefore, greatly significant. Because a kiss secures an official, authentic decision!
A Kiss Is Not ‘Just A Kiss’
Sadly, many people regard a kiss as a meaningless thing. Yet, you and I know. We all know, deep inside us, that when a kiss happens, something very significant happens.
It is most mysterious! But when a kiss happens . . . the two involved step over into a different realm. They cross over an invisible line, and there is some unseen mystery that seems to now bond them, ‘seal’ them together permanently with an unseen glue.
We all know this to be true, though many ignore it, reject it, and laugh at such ideas. But, if we are honest, there is no denying the reality of the huge significance of a kiss. Especially in a wedding ceremony. At a wedding, the final act of agreement, approval, and the authenticity of the ceremony is to — “Seal it with a kiss!”
Now, this is not about the kiss that is a token of a greeting and good-will. Those kind of kisses are generally cheek-to-cheek. Here, I’m discussing the kiss of lips-to-lips. This is the kind of kiss that the Bride of Messiah is longing for:
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. (Song of Sol 1:2)
These are the words of a bride who is truly devoted to her groom, and is longing for the day of their wedding. This is a bride who is ready to enter that mysterious binding covenant of holy matrimony, to seal the contract with a kiss, and be united with, and attached to, the lover of her soul.
Kiss The Son
Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] equally longs for His Son, Yahushua [Jesus], to be united to the Bride — the Bride of Messiah. He has commanded the Bride to:
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him. (Psalms 2:12)
This command to ‘Kiss the Son’ is for our good; it is in our best interest to do it. But how can we do this?
We can now kiss Yahushua Messiah, the Son of Yahuwah, by clinging to and delighting in Him. We can touch the Saviour with the ‘kiss’ of our devotion. We can cross over that invisible line with our actions by sincerely loving, honouring, and obeying His Words (John 14:15; John 15:10).
We can seek to prepare our hearts to be willing and obedient to our Betrothed Bridegroom. We can prepare our hearts with fastings and prayers and the study of His Word. We can prepare our hearts by dwelling in those special places where He dwells:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalms 91:1)
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15)
And now, little children, abide [remain] in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. (1John 2:28)
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)
As these Scriptures teach us, dwelling with, abiding with our Bridegroom is found in a hidden, secret place. We are to be with our Saviour, hidden under the shadow of the Almighty, hidden in Messiah, hidden with the Bride’s characteristic of a contrite and humble spirit.
A humble and contrite spirit is hidden from the world — the world does not understand such people.
A humble and contrite spirit is one of on-going repentance and sorrow for any dishonour or disobedience to our Bridegroom. We are contrite, or full of sorrow, for any breach in our relationship with Him. We are humble and submissive in recognizing the beauty of His holiness. We are respectful of His eternal Words, and trust in His love and devotion toward us.
He is our dearly Beloved One. When we ‘Kiss the Son’, we have entered into a covenant betrothal agreement with Yahushua, and have ignited a desire for Him and His Ways. He yearns with the same desire towards us! This is why He calls to His Bride — He calls us His ‘Fair One’, His ‘Love’, His ‘Dove’ (Song of Solomon 2:10, 14).
A dove is a hidden bird — very shy. That is the nature of the Bride — hidden away from the ways of the world, hiding in the secret place of the Most High.
Yahushua’s affection for His Bride is tender, overflowing, and consuming. And when we set our love and devotion on Him, He promises to deliver us, answer us, and even honour us (Psalms 91:14-16).
Our Beloved Bridegroom
Let us remember this most-solemn and mysterious action of a kiss and what it truly means! May it be that we will reserve and preserve our lips for our Beloved Bridegroom alone!
Those who have entered into a relationship with Messiah Yahushua, have crossed over an invisible line and we will never be the same. We have ‘Kissed the Son!’ We have sealed, attached and secured, a relationship with our Bridegroom, the Lover of our souls.
Let us maintain that official, authentic, sealing action of our first kiss with the Son of Yahuwah. Let us seek to keep our hearts prepared so that we may approve things that are excellent in the sight of our Bridegroom, being sincere and without offense in the day of our wedding with Him. Let us prepare ourselves as a bride adorned for her husband (Rev 21:2).
When we first gave our hearts to Yahushua at our New Birth, we entered into a covenant relationship with Him.
May our actions confirm the intimacy of what happened on that day. It truly was a moment worthy of the saying, “Seal it with a kiss!”
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