Recently, I seem to have posted an awful lot about the intellectual aspects of Christianity, like its defend-ability and that sort of thing (here, here and here, for example). Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an apology for that, far from it, because the fact Christianity can stir and stretch your mind as well as your heart is one of the things that makes it so brilliant. But we’re to love God with our heart and soul, as well as our mind, and I think I may have overshadowed the relationship with the rationality, if you will. So, to sort out the balance, this post is about one of the things that I’ve realised about Jesus’ incredible love for us over the past week.
Marriage, in the Biblical sense, is an illustration. The self-sacrificing, all-encompassing love that a husband has for his wife, and vice versa, is meant to be an analogy of the awe-inspiring Love that Jesus has for us. Watching the love between two people who deeply love each other is like watching the Love Jesus has for us through a cloudy mirror, because in reality, God’s love is so much more. For example, in Ephesians 5 Paul writes:
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Christ’s selfless Love, the sort that would move someone to completely ‘give themselves up’ , even to death, is the sort that is meant to exist in a marriage. It’s an imperfect example, obviously, because we’re imperfect people, but the truth it reveals, the depth to which Jesus loves us, is incredible.