March 21, 2022
Here the Word of God for all those who believe in Jesus…”For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church…” (Ephesians 5:23, NASB) and “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:32, NASB)
What I have always believed and recognized is that marriage is not only about husband and wife, but the glory of God. Just as Paul comments, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV) If we can give glory to God even when we eat or drink, how much more can we reflect the glory of God through our marriage?
But this is not the topic I want to share with you today. Instead, I have a question for you, and hope that you will sincerely think about it:
If the relationship between husband and wife is the representation of Christ and the church, shouldn’t we seek to live out the same values as Christ and the church in our marriage? If, like me, your answer yes, then we should continue into the core message I want to share with you…
How serious are the marriage vows we made, as a husband and wife? If Christ is the One to make the vow (The truth is He did, He gave His promise that nothing can ever separate us from His love), what will He say? Let’s read an example of the answer:
“I, Jesus, take you for my lawful bride, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health…for eternity I will love and honor you all the days of My life."
If He truly made this vow, what would He then do? He will do exactly what He said! For better or for worse, whether richer or poorer, in sickness and in health…He will never leave us nor forsake us! He made a vow:
“Neither death nor life (a marriage that may seem desperate or with hope), neither angels nor demons (in light or darkness), neither the present nor the future (how things are going around us), nor any powers (circumstances), neither height nor depth (on the mountain or in the valley), nor anything else (anyone) in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of my Father that is in Me for you.”
And He will keep it with His life. How about you as a husband and wife? Will you keep your vow to love your spouse just as Jesus loves you? Or will you turn away from Him, just like those who left Jesus in the time of prosecution? Or for the world?