Triumph over Evil

Mark 15
“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.