The Bride: Free or in Captivity?

Many of us are familiar with the story of Rapunzel. I won't go into every detail of this fantasy, but it came to my mind this morning as I was thinking about another bride as she awaits her hero to free her. While some may argue that Rapunzel was in safety and her needs were being provided for, the man who loved her felt very different about her 'home'. Food was brought to her by her captor, but she longed for the freedom to select her own food and dine with her groom. Not only did she long to dine with her groom, but she wanted to be free to hold him in her arms and have him hold her in return. They both desired an intimate relationship, not guarded by bricks and the height of the tower that kept them distant. She loved him and he loved her, but the barrier and distance between them was hindering their relationship. The captor had been holding her distant to keep their love apart. The captor did not want to release her. The captor felt powerful by keeping her locked up in that tower. He could be the one who fed her and kept her for himself.

You know the rest of the story, but something that dawned on me is this; the princess is the Bride of Christ. The groom is our husbandman, Jesus Christ. The tower of bricks is used to keep them apart, hinders their love from becoming intimate. You see in the story of Rapunzel she wanted her prince to be her savior, her hero to set her free. He was willing, but the tower was a major obstacle. Do we really allow Christ to be our hero? Have we placed our full and complete trust in Him and Him alone or are we comfortable in our tower of bricks, awaiting the food to be delivered each day? Does Rapunzel step out in faith, break free from the fear of her captor? Does she place her trust in her prince, her groom, to save her from this imprisonment?

The tower in our lives is a stronghold that Jesus Christ is wanting to break down, and will when his Bride decides she is ready to put her complete trust in Him and not in the captor that brings her food and keeps her in what she thinks is safety. That very thing that has been viewed as safety all those years was actually what kept her a prisoner and she needs to break free and be in the arms of her groom.

Many, many years ago a Bride thought she needed a building to keep her safe from persecution. She thought having a building would keep her safe from the enemies of the world. In this building she thought she could be free to develop a relationship with her groom. She choose to allow a captor to keep her there and feed her. The problem was that she was not placing her complete trust in her Groom to keep her safe and feed her. Many years of persecution caused her faith in her Groom to fade. She began trusting in her captor and not in her groom.

She was reminded again about her Groom sending a messenger to feed her. He promised her this Messenger would keep her safe, feed her, comfort her and provide for all her needs. Would she be willing to leave the building made by her captor and trust in her Groom alone? Others would come and tell the Bride not to leave the safety of her building. They disenchanted her from her complete trust in her Groom. They somehow convinced her that she really did need the help of the captor to keep her safe within those walls and to be fed by the captor.

Sounds a lot to me like the story of the Hebrew children needing to flee from Egypt. Once they broke free and were in the wilderness they complained that they should have stayed in captivity. Just as they had a lack of faith, so does this Bride. The Rapunzel of today is the Bride of Christ. Her Groom and Saviour is our Lord Jesus Christ and her Messenger is The Holy Ghost. He will teach/feed her when she places her trust in Christ alone to be her Saviour. He didn't die only to save her for a future home in heaven, He saved her and wants to give her an abundant life!


He wants to be the one to provide for her in all ways. But a captor holds her hostage in a building, at a distance from her groom.

The captor promises to feed her and keep her safe, but the Saviour cries out to his Bride, "Come out from among them and be ye separate! I will receive you unto myself! I stand at the door and knock, if you hear my voice and open the door I will sup with you and you with me! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding! Walk by faith not by sight! Neither height nor depth shall separate you from my love! Abide under MY shadow and I will give you rest!"

What is sad to me is how many people also have lost their faith in their Groom and actually speak well of the captor that has this stronghold of fear over the Bride. This has kept her distant from her Groom and the captor feels a sense of power over her life and relationship with her Groom. The captor has lied to the Bride and promised to feed her and keep her safe within the walls he has chosen to place her in. The captor can't stop the love her heart has for her Groom but he sure can keep her distant. He can control how close she is to him and while she lives in fear he can control her and keep her there. But when she takes the leap of faith, her groom will catch her and she will be free once again to experience the intimacy her Groom always intended for her to have. Their love for one another will be enhanced by her faith in Him and by the closeness they can have outside that building. She will have faith in the Holy Ghost to teach her and for the shadow of the Almighty to be her safety once again.

Just as the love of the Bride and Groom becomes explosive when she puts her full trust in Him, takes His hand and steps toward Him, the captor will do all he can to keep her in that building. He will throw every fiery dart and stone in her direction, but she must trust in Christ. As she steps in faith she will see that stronghold torn down and her love for her Groom will multiply. Everyone will know of the Loving powerful relationship they have. All His riches will be fully hers and she will have full authority and power over her captor and cast him away, to enjoy the freedom her Groom always intended for her to have.

  • What is your captor? Is there a stronghold that makes everything in your relationship seems fuzzy and confusing? Is your reality of Christ's love and protection marred but the stones that hold you distant?
  • Is the Holy Spirit your primary teacher? When He speaks to you, do others tell you it's not really His voice? Or are you spoon fed by a captor that holds you distant?
  • Have you placed your full trust in Christ alone or do you live in fear of leaving the building that keeps you from placing your trust in being under His shadow?
  • Your Groom cries out to you, will you step out in faith into His wonderful, strong, loving arms? Or will you remain in captivity?

"Come out from among them and be ye separate! I will receive you unto myself! I stand at the door and knock, if you hear my voice and open the door I will sup with you and you with me! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding! Walk by faith not by sight! Neither height nor depth shall separate you from my love! Abide under MY shadow and I will give you rest!"

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{ Lady Jess } at: August 19, 2009 at 8:19 AM said...

Great article and so very true!

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