The radical message and unlimited power of Jesus – A Good Marriage

What are the most difficult things the Bible teaches you?  Turning the other cheek comes to mind for me.  We look at things like forgiveness, sacrificial giving, putting others before ourselves, and we find those things difficult, if not impossible.

In Ephesians 5:25, Paul writes, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church”.  You and I have no idea how radical that is.  Women were possessions like cattle and sheep.  In most cases, they were barely a step above the cattle and sheep.  Deals were made between families in arranged marriages.  Paul tells them that while society looked upon women as possessions and many men didn’t even get to pick their wife, that the men are to love their wife as Christ loved/loves the church, and Jesus gave up His life for the church!

Can you see what an unbelievable message this was at the time?  It’s difficult for us to fathom the radical nature of this because American society today teaches equality.  There was no equality then.  These “things” (women) that men basically owned in that society, the Bible says are so precious that men should give up their lives for them.  It would similar to telling you to give up your life for your car in our society today.  That’s crazy talk.  Why would you do that?  You’d just get another car!

When Jesus told the disciples how difficult it was to follow Him (when He was comparing the rich getting to heaven to getting a camel through the eye of a needle), they asked how then can it be done?  And Jesus said, from the human’s own power, it’s impossible.  But with God, all things are possible.

With God, all things are possible.  I believe that.  Haven’t you seen firsthand, and read, and heard things where there’s no possible way that the accomplishments were achieved by human power or can be explained by logic or reason.  There are times when things defy explanation and we know there has to be a higher power.

Christianity done right is still radical.  Jesus still loves us as much today as the day He died for us.  And with Him, all things are still possible.

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