“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:3
Principle: The cross changes how we think and what we do about everything.
Practice: The goal of marriage shifts from personal satisfaction to shared mission.
I. Rejected by the Jews: The failure of our best intentions.
A. The Jews were the covenant people of God.
B. Marriage is not a bitter endurance of unkept promises.
II. Mocked by the Romans: The failure of our greatest strengths.
A. The Romans valued power and justice for themselves.
B. Marriage is not a power struggle for control.
III. Forsaken by the Father: The triumph of Grace.
A. The Father is equally committed to mercy and justice.
B. Marriage is a shared partnership to serve Christ together.
Conclusion: Marriage is the hardest but also the most fruitful thing we will ever do. But we have to see ourselves as overcoming saints on a path of service and glory.