Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Ultimate Wedding

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Yesterday i was at a wedding. The most beautiful part of the wedding, was when the groom teared when he saw his bride walking towards him and i couldn't help but reflect on how much more beautiful it will be when we, the bride of Christ, approach the Bridegroom on that day. 
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
This classic wedding text from Ephesians 5 shows how much Christ, the Ultimate Bridegroom, gave for his bride, his church. He gave himself up for her, to sanctify, and cleanse her, to present her blameless and holy. How much more should we, the church, submit to Christ, responding to His great love for us.


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