Weddings. They come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Some take months to plan; some are spur-of-the-moment. Some are loud and filled with laughter; others are more reserved and reflective.
But there is a common factor in most weddings: tears.
Bridesmaids cry (I think I understand this one).
Brides cry (I don’t understand this).
Grooms cry (Well, at least one that I know of, but Shannon cries at anything!).
Mothers-of-the-bride cry (I’ve heard it is because daughters tend to marry a man like their father; I don’t agree.).
And fathers-of-the-bride cry; sometimes visibly, often only in the soul (I totally understand this).
There is a special bond between most dads and daughters. A wedding marks the day all that changes. When the pastor asks, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man?,” the father of the bride says, “Her mother and I.” He then literally an figuratively steps back to place his daughter’s hand into the hand of the groom. The father is no longer the most important man in her life, someone else has taken his place. There is a new creation. A woman leaves her father and mother and is joined to her husband, and the two are united into one (see Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31).
The apostle Paul sees marriage as a great mystery that illustrates the way Christ and the church are one (see Ephesians 5:32; Romans 6:3-4). When we are united with Christ He becomes our husband (see 2 Corinthians 11:2). And, just as a new bride no longer looks to daddy to supply her needs, so we depend on our husband Jesus to take care of us as only He can. He is able to keep you from falling away (see Jude 24). He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him (see 2 Timothy 1:12). He is able, “through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). He is able to “make you strong” (Romans 16:25). He is able to help us when we are being tempted (see Hebrews 2:18).
Now there’s a hand that any father would love to give his children to in marriage. And if there are tears, they are tears of joy because Jesus is a Husband who is able…
This Sunday, let’s come to the altar and take His hand.