This Easter weekend we had the joy of celebrating what Christ has done for us through his death and resurrection. Like so many others, we are very thankful for our personal salvation and our relationship with our heavenly Father. To go along with that, we also get very emotional and thankful when we think about what he did to save our marriage. There is just one thing; we would love for other people to understand what the Lord did for us as clearly as we do.
Often people will say they know that God did a miracle for us, but that doesn’t mean he will do the same for them. They act as if our story was an exception to what God could do for anyone else. And then there are times when people will try to give all the credit to us for persevering and learning so much through our own experience, without acknowledging that the Lord had anything to do with it. But, I want to make this perfectly clear. It was the blood of Jesus that saved our marriage. The truth of the matter is, without Jesus dying on the cross and then resurrecting from the dead, we would not be married today.
The problem with our marriage was, and still is the same problem every marriage has. We are two imperfect people (sinners) who make mistakes and hurt each other. But that’s where the blood comes in. 2 Cor. 5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” When Jesus gave himself to die for our sins, he didn’t just make a way for us to go to heaven. He also made a way for us to overcome the destructive nature of sin that destroys lives, marriages and families. Our old sin nature was destroying our lives and our marriage. The bible says that “sin brings forth death.” Our marriage was dead because of what our own sin did to it. But the bible also says, “life is in the blood.”
With his life he gave us life. His life-giving blood has allowed us to love each other beyond the pain the way he loved each one of us beyond his own pain. The power in his blood allowed us to press through the dark hours with the hope of where our journey would take us would prove to be worth the struggle, the way he pressed through his own struggle. His blood has allowed us to forgive each other the way he forgave and said he would no longer remember our sin. The cleansing flow of his blood has caused our past to be completely wipe away, except for the purpose of our testimony of what he has done, we would remember our past no more.
When Jesus was hung on that cross he was placed between two thieves. Those two thieves on the other two crosses represent choice. One made the choice to accept the Lord and the sacrifice he made and the other thief chose to mock and ridicule along with the crowd. In our marriage we were faced with the same choice. We chose to allow his blood to work in us so that our marriage could be redeemed.