The sanctity (sacredness) of marriage reaches far beyond the promises a man and woman pledge to each other on their wedding day. It is more than the blessed intimacy they enjoy behind closed doors. And it is greater than the commitment one will show the other when age and sickness bring the sacrifice of care-giving or the pain of grieving.
As noble as these are, together they are but illustrations of something far greater. The sacredness of marriage is what it portrays of a believer’s union with Christ. Marriage is the closest we humans can come to grasping the height, depth, length, and breadth of what it means to be in Christ.
In his book Union with Christ, author Rankin Wilbourne said,
When we are in Christ, every part of Christ’s life, not only his death, has significance for us. We share in his life and obedience, his death and his resurrection, even his ascension! . . . All that is his becomes ours.
This union with Christ means, among many other things, that you have the power to obey Him. There is nothing He will ask of you that you are not able to do—in Him.
To admit that apart from Christ you can do nothing (John 15:5) is to believe that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13).
Say YES to God quickly, with confident faith, knowing both that He provides the strength for every task and assignment He gives, and that you are united with Him.
Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10 ESV)