Weddings are wonderful events. When I stood at the altar waiting for my bride Marjorie to walk down the aisle, she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She is still my bride and our marriage has proved to be a blessing and an inspiration to many others.
The reason is simple. We did it right! We never dated like many people do today. We never went onto any dating web site. We met by divine appointment and told us that he wanted us to marry and travel the world together in ministry. In other words, God picked us for each other. We are so alike it is amazing and are convinced that our marriage was truly made in heaven.
God has ordained marriage. Jesus’ first miracle happened at a wedding. There is something about a God-ordained marriage that is unique and special, but there is a certain element of mystery about it. Paul spoke of this in Ephesians 5:21-23 when he told us-
When a man and a woman unite in marriage the union is an illustration or a type of the union between God the Father and Jesus. They are one. Jesus is in the Father in a way that we can only comprehend when we finally stand before them in Heaven. But in marriage, the husband and wife are in a relationship that is physical to be sure, but in a relationship that bonds them together as if they were not two separate individuals but one complete being. The only way I can describe this one-ness is by looking at an egg. It is one egg of course and when you look at it, all that can be seen is the outer shell. It is indeed a mystery as to what is hidden inside, but what is more amazing is that inside that physical shell or body are two totally individual components, that are the yoke and the white. They two are one in the way that Jesus and the Father are one and a husband and wife are one.
When God made Adam, this man was one complete being. God took part of the man out of him and from that part, created Eve. When He did, a part of this man had left him. He was no longer complete in that sense and it is by marriage that the man and the woman reunite to form a whole. It typifies the relationship Jesus has with His Church. It expresses the purest form of love imaginable.
It is not surprising that marriage is being attacked. Many people today prefer to call themselves partners rather than husband and wife.
Marjorie is not my partner. She is my wife. I am proud to call myself her husband. Next time, I shall share several points on the making of a truly good marriage.