Thanks to Facebook, I recently saw something I had not seen before in a wedding, from a couple I knew from uni. Both are musicians and in their wedding, the groom chose to sing to his bride as she approached.
I showed this to teens at school and asked what they thought. Their reactions ranged from amusement to indifference, but there were also others who were quite impressed.
Like me, you might not be comfortable with singing out your love at your wedding! But in any wedding, you want to demonstrate your commitment to the person you marry. To show their devotion, normally the couple will make public vows to each other and give a wedding ring to each other. If you truly love someone, it’s natural to demonstrate your love.
Jesus — the expression of God’s love
How do you know God loves you? For Christians, the popular answer is that God demonstrated his love toward us in this way: “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
When God sent Jesus, how did most people react at that time? As Jesus was whipped and later crucified, there were scoffers who openly mocked him. No doubt there were many spectators who watched but were indifferent to Jesus. His own disciples had initially fled from the scene. They were ashamed to be associated with him. God’s love was embodied in Jesus, yet his own people did not receive him.
As his followers and others came to understand the person and work of Jesus, their lives were forever changed. As they turned to Christ, they realised God’s great love for them.
Because God demonstrates his love through his Son, your life can change too. Here are five effects made possible by God’s love through Jesus:
1. You can be born again.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…” Ephesians 2:4ff
2. You can be freed from your sins.
“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood…” Revelation 1:5
3. You will experience a new way of living.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
4. You will receive a sense of security from God.
As God loves us, he also gives “…eternal comfort and good hope through grace” II Thessalonians 2:16
5. You will learn to really love.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” I John 3:16
“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” Ephesians 5:2
That couple can look back on their wedding and treasure the memories. If you are a Christian, you can look forward to heaven, where you will see Jesus face to face. The Gospel tells us that the risen Lord still bore the marks from his sacrificial death. When you see Jesus, you will also see his scars. They will be an eternal testimony of God’s love for you.Here is love vast as the ocean Loving kindness as the flood When the Prince of life, our ransom Shed for us His precious blood. Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise? He can never be forgotten Throughout Heaven’s eternal days.
“Here Is Love” (William Rees)