“But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (Mark 10:6-9)
Over the summer, we were invited to a family wedding. I took this photo as the nephew and his new bride were posing for the real photographer.
To me, the attire captures the essence of the event. The fancy dress and tuxedo fit the occasion. It speaks to the fact that something grand and glorious is taking place. Something out of the ordinary and special. And marriage is like an album of wedding pictures – something to be cherished, protected and treasured.
I love weddings. The traditions. The symbolism. The sacredness of that union old as time itself, breathed into existence by God. Loved ones gathered to witness the exchange of rings and promises. The sweetness of two tender hearts becoming one.
This week, my husband and I will be celebrating our wedding anniversary. Our marriage is a gift I thank God for every day. I’m glad that we have faith as our foundation and that we share a commitment to “that which God has joined together”. In short, we value our vows.
But I know many do not share our story. Sadly, there are those who make a mockery of marriage just as they do the Word of God. But the lies that permeate our society today do not negate the truths of holy Scripture. Because these truths are eternal.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
If there is ever any confusion about what to believe, we can always trust what we read on those pages. Because the truth is…
“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.” Numbers 23:19a
For Christians, marriage should be a reflection of our relationship with Christ. In fact, the Bible uses marriage to illustrate that covenant between Christ (the Lamb of God) and His bride (the church – believers).
“Scripture begins and ends with the picture of marriage as an institution ordained by God – designed for the union of a man and a woman in a life-long, faithful, covenantal relationship.” (excerpt from focusonthefamily.org)
One day, we will attend the most glorious occasion of all. And there will be great rejoicing, “For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” Revelation 19:7b-8
In the meantime, there is hope for the doubting and disillusioned. Hope for marriages and hurting hearts to be restored. As we walk the path of repentance, God offers forgiveness, healing, deliverance – LIFE.
“…therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life…” Deuteronomy 30:19b-20
God has extended His grace to any who would choose truth over lies and life over death.
It is the Ultimate Invitation. All we need to do is accept it.
“Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:9
“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17