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The Royal Wedding (Ephesians 5:22-33)Rev Gareth James, May 20, 2018
Part of the Stand Alone Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Just as you thought you were safe from the Harry and Meghan’s Wedding after months of media coverage, I want to talk about it this morning! Much was made about their social differences and their relative standings in society. With the Royal Wedding that is spoken of in the Bible, the parties involved are incredibly different. The Groom is presented to us as awesome and glorious, because He is God the Son. The one He would take to Himself as His Bride? We can give her a name, The Church - composed of men and women, boys and
girls throughout all history and all nations.
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22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV)