Monday, August 20, 2012

Marriage Monday: A Christian Wedding and the Gospel {Link up}


Marriage Mondays"


Ever have a blog post (or presentation?) all planned out, and then at the last minute, you feel led to go in a different direction?  That is what happened to me this week.  After attending a wedding Saturday evening, I was struck with the fact that a Christian wedding presents the gospel, even if the minister doesn't preach the gospel in so many words. Wonder how?  Join me as I share some of the thoughts that have been swirling through my mind all weekend!



photo from bride's facebook page

1. The Pursuit

The groom has chosen the bride out of many available women and spent many weeks, months, or even years pursuing her.  During that time, he has sacrificed his money and time and devoted himself to showering her with devoted attention, acts of kindness, love letters (texts?) expressing his affection, and gifts both large and small.  All of these have had one purpose -- to woo her and win her heart!

God has also called us and wooed us to Himself and given the ultimate sacrifice for us.

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44)

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8)



2.  The Preparation

The bridegroom has been busy preparing for his bride. In addition to helping plan and get ready for the wedding, he has been preparing a place for them to live. He has also been preparing himself to provide for his wife's needs, and making plans for their future together. Likewise, the bride has been preparing herself physically and emotionally to become his wife. She must do more than just plan her dream wedding, she must prepare to leave her father and mother and cleave to her new husband, forsaking all others, and be his faithful wife.

Likewise, Jesus, our Bridegroom, is busy even now preparing a place for us!

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  (John 14:2-3)
At the same time, He is preparing His bride:

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27)


photo from bride's facebook page


3. The Permanence

The bride and bridegroom are entering into a permanent covenant relationship. "Until death do we part" is a strange concept for those living in this era of "disposable marriages," but that is God's perfect plan, and one that pictures the covenant relationship that Christians have with Jesus. He doesn't just save us until we sin, and then "disown" us. God actually adopts us into his family and we become joint-heirs with Jesus! Sin breaks our fellowship, but not our relationship!  God's Word says that when a man and woman unite in marriage, they become "one flesh."  A one-flesh union cannot be separated without irreparable damage and destruction.

But ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ . . .  (Romans 8:15, 17)
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  (Genesis 2:24)




4. The Picture
 
The bride and groom enter into a relationship that pictures the relationship between Christ and the church.  It is their responsibility to present the world with an accurate picture of that relationship, not one that is distorted or deceptive.

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  (Ephesians 5:31-32)


 

5. The Party

Finally, a wedding is a time to "party" and celebrate!  There was a lot of rejoicing when the new couple was announced as Mr. and Mrs. and kissed for the very first time!!  Then, all the invited guests journeyed to a nearby location for the wedding reception, where we enjoyed a delicious feast that had been prepared for us.  Someday, we will all eat together at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. ~ Revelation 19:7-9.

photo from bride's facebook page


A Christian wedding is truly a joyous occasion!  One that should remind us of the joys that are ours when we come to know Jesus as our Savior!!  We are in the Preparation stage -- He has gone to prepare a place for us, and at the same time, He is orchestrating our lives to prepare us to be ready for the Wedding.  Someday we will be presented to our Bridegroom as the pure and spotless Bride!  What a day of rejoicing that will be! 

  

Your Turn to Share:

Have you ever considered how a Christian wedding and marriage portray the Gospel?  Do you have any additional points that you can add to this post?  What is the most special part of a wedding to you?  


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1 comment:

Barefoot Hippie Girl said...

Found you via Living Well.
I agree with this post-totally. Thanks for lining up the ideas and the scriptures. I love when God links these things in our minds. Thanks for sharing!

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