Revelation 21:1-7 (NIV)
21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
We are told several times throughout the Bible that God want to relate to His followers as a husband relates to his wife. He wants to know us intimately, to love us, and unite with us. He is the Bridegroom of the church.
If you’re married and a man, you probably remember the day you stood anxiously as your bride walked down the aisle toward you. I remember this day well. Stephanie looked so beautiful and all our family and friends were there. It was a day I will never forget.
While that day seems so perfect, it seldom lasts long. It is very easy for discontentment to creep into our lives, as well as our marriage. Those who aren’t married might long for the day that they will be married, while those who are married sometimes question whether they made the right decision to get married.
We live in a society where marriages often end up in divorce. Relationships tend to be based more on “What can you do for me,” rather than a “What can I do for you” mentality. People want to bail at the first sign of difficulty instead of addressing the issues. Many couples would rather quit than commit to the hard work it takes, on a daily basis, to grow a strong marriage. Make no mistake, marriage is difficult! Seeing the failure of so many marriages all around us, it can be difficult to even understand what a perfect marriage even looks like.
No matter how perfect your wedding day might have seemed to you, it does not even compare to the wedding day that all believers will get to experience someday. In the above verse from Revelation, it gives us a perspective of what the ideal marriage is and what it looks like. None of us, no matter how good we think our marriages are, has a perfect marriage. Because the perfect marriage still awaits us. It hasn’t happened yet.
John C. Broger said, “The relationship between Jesus Christ and His church is the supreme example of the committed love that a husband and wife are to follow in their relationship with each other.” I do agree with that, but why can’t we achieve a perfect marriage now? The answer is a one-word answer: sin. As long as there is sin in the world, nothing can be perfect. Until Christ returns and takes away sin, a perfect marriage or anything for that matter, simply can’t be achieved.
Your spouse can’t take the place of Christ. Marriage has ups and downs, conflict, sin, misunderstandings, and pain. However, it can also be a foretaste of the ultimate consummation, the eternal embrace, when the Lord will wipe away every tear, right every wrong, and bring everlasting peace to His followers. We can see this list of promises in the above Scripture in verse 4.
Rest assured, a day is coming when Christ’s followers will “walk down the aisle” to Him, and He will receive us with unconditional love as His beloved bride. And that will be the perfect marriage.