The Wedding of William and Catherine

The Royal Wedding was watched by millions of people around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people went to London to see William and Catherine on their wedding day. It was a happy occasion as they made their vows in the presence of God.

Marriage is one of God’s gifts to us all. It is not for religious people only, but is for all people. After God had created Adam from the dust of the ground he said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” So God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep and took one of his ribs. From the rib he made a woman and brought her to the man. Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.”

Marriage is the closest of human relationships. When we marry, our relationship with our parents changes, as we are joined with our husband or wife. The Bible say, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Marriage is based on promise. When William and Catherine had made their vows they were declared to be husband and wife. By the promises they made to each other, in the presence of witnesses, they entered into an exclusive relationship of lifelong fidelity to each other. Marriage is a lifelong relationship “until God separates us by death. “

The New Testament says that the relationship between a husband and wife is to be modelled on the relationship between Jesus Christ and his church. Just as Jesus loved his church and gave himself up for her, so husbands are to love their wives sacrificially. Just as the church responds to the love of Jesus in joyful submission, so wives are to submit to their husband’s loving leadership.

Matthew Henry, the Bible commentator, wrote,” Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.” As they begin their married life we all wish William and Catherine well and pray that God will bless them in their life together.

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