Today is a beautiful day, indeed a glorious day.
God has sanctioned this covenant, it is a union made in His name. Your promises to one another are bound up in His expectations and promises to each of concerning marriage.
Since His word is your rule of faith and practice, I want to briefly exhort you in three things.
You were created to complete one another to build a community that proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ.
First, you were created to complete one another
Genesis 2:18 “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (ESV)
Genesis 2:20–23 “But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, this at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
The union of Adam and Eve is a template for our marriages. Jason was created by God as an unfinished man. He can’t fulfill his calling without help.
Ellie, you are that help. You were made to fill up what he lacks.
Jason, Ellie was made to complete you and by joining with you in marriage, she becomes whole herself by completing you.
Always look to her as your chief source of wisdom, confidence, assistance and comfort. Don’t try to go it alone. Let her profoundness delight and fulfill you.
Marriage is not unique. Thousands upon thousands are being joined together just today.
But what is absolutely unique. The miracle of marriage, is that of all the women in all the history of mankind, one woman was made to be the flesh of your flesh and the bone of your bone – Ellie.
Love her as you would love your own self.
You, Ellie, are the answer to a profound problem; it was not good that Jason was alone. It displeased God. So, He made you to fulfill Him. Let that be your calling and your glory. He can’t survive without your help. He is not a whole man without you.
Remember this. No matter what comes, no matter what disappointments befall you, no matter how providence may shake you and what sin might come between you.
Remember, that of every man and woman who ever lived on the earth, the two of you, together, complete one another. Continue reading “Mr. and Mrs. Jason Richmond”