Holy Week Wednesday Evening Devotional

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Holy Week Wednesday Evening Devotional

April 13, 2022

“Enduring Covenant”

Revelation 19: 7 Let’s rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has prepared herself.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.’” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

There is another family relationship in the Scriptures that is given a unique and powerful place in our lives and in eternity – it is the husband and wife relationship.  Just as God uses the parent-child relationship to describe how we are to relate to Him, He also uses the marriage symbolism to describe how Jesus relates to those who have been rescued by Him through faith. The Bible speaks of the church as a bride and Jesus Himself as the bridegroom. Tonight’s passage foretells of that time when the celebration of this union occurs as a wedding feast. Marriage matters to God in a big way.

In Jesus, we see the perfect bridegroom, sacrificing Himself in all ways that His bride should be safe and whole. There is no part of Jesus that is not spared in rescuing us. It takes all of Him and He gives all of Himself willingly in love for us.  Our marriages are to be echoes of this perfect union between Jesus and the church. Of course, so many times we fall short of this ideal, but that only reminds us to lean in harder to Jesus, to remember how well He loves us and seek His Spirit leadership as we endeavor to be more like Him in our marriages.

Marriage is a holy and sacred gift given to us by God. What God has joined together, let no man separate. That message can only be found in the Scriptures. Nowhere else is marriage given this grace power in the whole of our society. If we think lightly of marriage, we cast a shadow upon our understanding of Christ’s eternally powerful love for us. It is no blessing to be invited to a wedding feast for a wedding that might not last.

God’s high value on the covenant marriage relationship is a beauty amidst brokenness. We do not love our spouses perfectly, but Jesus always loves us perfectly. Spouses should be as quick to repent as they are to forgive. What if Christians in today’s world were as known for faithful and enduring marriage relationships as they are known for some other lesser thing? Can we even imagine how greatly God could use us? Tonight, consider your marriage.  Pray for your spouse, sacrifice yourself for them. Be quicker to forgive than to demand, for a soft answer turns away wrath even in the hardest of marriages.  Readily admit your wrong and act upon that repentance. Even if you are not married, you can pray earnestly for the marriages around you. It is not an overstatement to say the world depends on such things.

Let us close this moment together with prayer.  Instead of a worship song, let us consider I Corinthians 13 as a basis for praying for our marriages and the marriages around us:

Lord, we pray for our marriage

That we would love each other with patience and kindness

That we would not be envious or boastful, that selfish pride would not rule in our relationship

That we would not anger easily or become self-seeking

That we would honor one another in love

That we would always protect, always persevere, always trust, and always hope

That we would honor our marriage through faithfulness and purity

That we would always see each other as beautiful and pleasing 

That we would find delight in one another

That we would live our lives in Christ, strengthened in faith, and overflowing with thankfulness

That we would consider it all joy when we face trials, 

knowing the testing of our faith produces perseverance

That our marriage would continue to grow in grace 

Until it looks more like You and the church than it does the world

Thank you for our marriage, it is a grace gift to us and to the world

In the name of Jesus, the Perfect Bridegroom, we pray,

Amen.