December 18, 2004. How could I ever forget that day? All the planning, preparation and anticipation was for this one singular day. I woke up, met my fianceé for breakfast, had coffee with my dad, then I put on my tux for a day that would change my life. December 18, 2004 was the day that I married Jennifer Faulk. I remember the ceremony, the candles, the flowers, my friends, family and specifically the cake!!! All of this said, all of the planning and preparation were void and useless if they were just for a 30 minute ceremony on a Saturday. The wedding was not an end in itself but instead it was the beginning of a lifelong relationship. The wedding was the firecracker that began my marriage.
As believers we look back to Jesus Christ with great fondness. We see his work on the cross as magnificent. Often though, we glorify the catalytic event only to forget what it began. This week at church we will be looking at Jesus departure and the work of the Holy Spirit.
We love looking back to Jesus because we can picture him. We can imagine what he looked like when he broke bread. We can see him in anguish as he hung on the cross. We can picture His glory as he ascended into heaven. We begin to struggle though when we think about the Holy Spirit. We can’t picture him, we can’t see him… He is Spirit. Jesus taught that where he married us on the cross, we find our marriage with God in His spirit.
John 16:7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
The cross cannot be and end in itself. The cross of Christ must be the entrance for every man into an abundant life both now and eternally given by the Spirit of God. You don’t get married to have a pretty wedding. You get married to spend your life with who you love.