This week, we continue our series In Him by studying Ephesians 5:25-33
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.
What a challenging and inspiring picture of how Jesus loved and sacrificed himself for the church. And then, how husbands should model Jesus in the way that they love and sacrifice for their wives.
This week we will sing a new song, In Our Place. We will sing about the beauty of Jesus’ sacrifice for the church:
You have washed us white, You have borne our guilt and shame
You have satisfied the Law, In our place
Join us this week as we worship the one who loved us first! To prepare, check out these helpful links:
Oh! Great Is Our God! (Purchase)
In Our Place (Purchase)
Come Thou Fount (Purchase)
Jude Doxology (Purchase)
Jesus Paid It All
See you on Sunday.