Our darling sweet friends got married this past weekend.
I just love weddings. If I weren’t a grown-up, responsible adult, I would be a wedding crasher. For reals. There is just so much happiness at a weddings, and it’s such a beautiful time for a couple starting out together in holy matrimony. I cry every time.
Seriously, ask the wedding party. They didn’t think I was gonna make it.
Marriage is a forever thing. I don’t care what Hollywood says, how divorce lawyers chop it apart, or who tells you you’re better off on your own. God specifically designed marriage to be between one man and one woman, until death do them part. The seriousness and weight of that commitment between two people is almost too much to handle.
There are some well-known verses in Ephesians chapter 5 that speak of marriage:
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body,of His flesh and of His bones. Ephesians 5:22-30
We’ve all heard the corny jokes about wives submitting. My own husband makes that his personal mantra in life. 😉 But what always warms my heart and really gets the tears rolling are the verses directed to the husband. The verse that speaks of Christ loving the church and giving Himself for her.
John 3:16 says,
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
We live in a fallen world. A world filled with sin and the evils of the flesh. The Bible is clear that the punishment for sin is death. But Jesus Christ gave Himself, to die a nasty awful death on a painful torturous cross, despite the fact that He had lived a sinless life. Praise the Lord He rose from the grave three days later, defeating death and laying down THE way for me and you to have everlasting life. We, who are covered in the dinginess and the filth of our own sin, are made spotless, as pure as snow, a glorious church, who may be presented holy and without blemish.
So next time you’re at a wedding (or reading through Ephesians) take a moment to think about what Christ did for us. And rest in the assurance that God sees you as holy and without blemish because of what Christ did.