MARRIAGE: A PICTURE OF THE GOSPEL

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:22-32

“This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:32)

This passage of Scripture lays out principles of marriage. Then you come across this verse — “This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” Marriage is being described in terms of Christ’s relationship with His church. He is the head of the church. He loves the church with an unconditional, sacrificial, perfecting love. He shares His life and possessions with the church. He nourishes and cherishes His church. He promised that He would never leave nor forsake His church.

The mystery is that marriage is to be like Christ’s relationship with His church. A husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church A husband is to love his wife as Christ loves His church — unconditionally, sacrificially, and without end. A husband is to share his life and possessions with his wife. He is to nourish and cherish her as Christ does His church. He must be committed to her for the rest of his life.

Marriage is sacred. God instituted marriage at the time of creation (Genesis 2:21-25). Marriage is a creation ordinance and thus is a permanent institution. Marriage is sacred because it is a picture of the gospel. When we come to the end of the Bible, we are introduced to a great wedding — “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2). The Bride Groom, Jesus, received His bride, the Church, and a great wedding feast occurs — “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9).

My favorite person to watch at a wedding ceremony is the groom when his bride enters the church and processes down the aisle to meet him. I’ve seen men cry, laugh and be overwhelmed with joy when they see their brides coming to them. I believe Jesus views His Bride in the same way. He adores her and welcomes her with open arms. He is overtaken with love for her.

Lord Jesus, thank You for making me to be part of Your Bride, the Church. Your love for Your Bride is beyond comprehension. Thank You for loving me and for giving Yourself for me. Thank You for nourishing and cherishing me. Thank You for sharing Your life with me. Thank You for Your commitment to never leave nor forsake me.

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