From a sermon I heard at the local Ukrainian Orthodox Church earlier today. This isn’t quite verbatim but it’s how my big-picture brain summed up the details of what the good padre was saying:
“Just as Eve was taken from Adam’s side to be his bride, the church was taken from Jesus’ side to be his bride.”
In the Genesis story, God causes a deep sleep to come over Adam, and takes a rib from his side and forms a wife for him. “This indeed is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh,” Adam remarks later.
In the Passion story, Jesus enters into the sleep of death, and while he is asleep a spear is thrust into his side to be sure he is dead. His sacrifice, and victory over death, makes possible the body of believers — “the bride of Christ” — who witness his resurrection three days later (and continue to witness to his resurrection).
One day Jesus will look at us and say “this indeed is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh” and he will delight in us just as Adam and Eve delighted in each other.
If you’ve ever doubted that Jesus loves you…… doubt no longer.