An apt word, this weekend, as it’s a celebrating weekend: a wedding shower tomorrow, my first official event as bride-to-be.
There are all kinds of good reasons to celebrate weddings, but there are a few things we keep in view in the midst of the celebration:
- Marriage isn’t eternal: it’s lifelong, Lord willing, but it’s a pre-glorification institution.
- Marriage isn’t about marriage: it points to a post-glorification reality, Christ and His church. That’s not an accident; God created it to do that.
With these things in view, I came across 2 Corinthians 3:11 this week: “For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.” In this passage, Paul is talking about how the law — “what was being brought to an end” — is a type and a shadow pointing to righteousness in Christ — “what is permanent.” But it also applies to marriage, another thing which is being brought to an end, to be supplanted by something permanent.
Oh, and we do celebrate marriage, and it comes with glory, and I am astounded to think, if this shadow is this glorious, how glorious our forever-union with Christ is going to be.
Cause to celebrate? Yes.
Linking up with Kate Motaung for her Five Minute Friday prompt, celebrate. (And, astonishingly, on Friday!) Click the “celebrate” button above to visit her site.
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