1st April 2011

Do You Take…

Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear. For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.’”
Revelation 19:7-9 (NLT)

There is much talk at the moment of Marriage with the Royal Wedding later this month. Marriage is a Divine Institution, given to mankind by God at creation. It is a type of the relationship of God and the Church, devoted to one another. We praise and worship God, and he declares he will never leave or forsake us. In fact, worshipping idols or other gods is likened to adultery in the Old Testament.

Although the Old Testament does not tell us much about the details of the Marriage Covenant or Ceremony, over the centuries a beautiful and meaningful ceremony has developed and been formalised in our legal, civil and religious statutes. This varies across cultures and countries, but it is appropriate for the sake of decency and order to have these set and standardised to some extent or the other.

The two most important decisions of our lives, which are truly life-changing and impact our future, are baptism where we are making a covenant with God, and marriage where we covenant before God with our life partner. These are occasions for marking with public declarations, and causes for great celebration.

Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding in Cana (John chapter 2). We further see the importance of marriage in the parables of the bridegroom (Matthew chapters 23 and 25), which also portray it as a time of sharing with our friends and family.

Marriage is not to be entered into lightly and we should count the cost and prepare. The lead scripture says the bride has prepared and made herself ready. Sadly, many marriages end in separation, trauma and divorce, but Jesus said that in the beginning it was not meant to be so (Matthew 19:8).

We are coming to the time of year when Christ, as the Lamb of God, gave his life to make us clean and dress us in the pure white of righteousness that represents the wedding gown of the bride of Christ. Ephesians 5:22-33 says to love your wife as Christ loves the Church—he gave his life for his bride. There is no greater love than giving your life to and for another.

Heavenly Father, guide couples as they consider a marriage relationship, and bless their union as they celebrate the wonderful occasion of marriage.

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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