Easter is without a doubt the most important date on the calendar for Christians, because if there was no Easter, Christmas would have no meaning.
But Easter occurred and this informs our marriage that we have hope.
Hope that there is life after death, victory after defeat, joy after sadness, and comfort after suffering. But it goes a step further and teaches us that we can actually have life in our dying to self, victory when experiencing defeating circumstances, joy in the midst of our sadness over loss, and comfort while suffering through relational conflicts.
Paul Tripp is one of our favorite authors. He sent out a Wednesday’s Word encouragement today with a challenge for us to apply this question to our lives. We want to use this challenge to apply them to our marriages:
He asks, “What will you do with Easter now that Easter is gone?”
Read 1 Corinthians 15 for Paul addresses how we are to live as a result of Easter. Mr. Tripp provides three Truths to consider in thinking of our marriage… (inserts mine)
- The Empty Tomb comforts us. Difficult and unpredictable realities of life in a fallen world are guaranteed, but we can “be steadfast and immovable” even when we don’t understand (our spouse), because our Risen Savior rules over everything that would confuse us.
- The Empty Tomb motivates us. If Christ rose from death, reigns in power, and is coming back again, we should be the most motivated community (marriage) on earth, “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” Enough of mere survival–we should help others (our spouse and other marriages) thrive right here, right now, because we believe in victory, redemption, and transformation.
- The Empty Tomb assures us. If the Resurrection guarantees eternity, then we believe that our suffering (in marriage) and ministry “is not in vain.” Life (marriage) will get discouraging–at times, it won’t seem like there is an end in sight, or progress is invisible. But a Second Coming is coming, and we will be rewarded for our faith.
Such Good News! Yes, the empty tomb gives us hope in all of life, but we must apply these truths to our everyday experiences, not just remind ourselves of them one Sunday in the Spring.
Let it inform your financial burdens, your relational conflicts, your sexual temptations and struggles, your parenting dilemmas, and all other trouble. Easter occurred to give us life and not only life, but abundant life. This Good News can’t help but affect our marriages if we will let it.