Archive for May, 2011

Today I was privileged to attend the marriage of two of my friends. One, an old friend, and the other a newer one whom I look forward to getting to know better.

This wedding was singular, not only because it was the merging of two cultures, South African and Indian, or because there were 3 pastors and two pastoral students involved. It was unique because it was obvious that the couple had given much thought and prayer to making this wedding an earthly representation of the love Christ has for his bride, the church.

During the brief message, the pastor said that just as God had been faithful in countless other marriages, He would be faithful to theirs too. It suddenly struck me as odd that God would be faithful to two sinners, or to countless other godly marriages. It didnt add up. Who are we that God would help us? And who are we that God would sanctify us as the church to one day return and take us as his bride? Why would he want to do that at all, when he knows our hearts?

And so I was able to appreciate the atonement once again, in a very tangible way. Christ will be faithful to us, he will love us and return to us because He gave himself for us, and washed us with his blood. He took our sin upon himself, “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.”

“What a faithful God have we!”