Battle & Beauty

By Jason Benham

Every year we read through the Bible, so December is the month we hit the book of Revelation. We never really saw this before, but this year a passage in Revelation 19 jumped off the page.

The setting was the marriage supper of the Lamb where Jesus comes back to take His fiancé , the Church, to heaven for a wedding ceremony and then a supper. Believers know this as the “marriage supper of the Lamb,” where Christ and the Church (everyone who professes Jesus as Lord) get hitched and then return to the earth as King and Queen where Christ reigns for 1,000 years. We have no clue how all of this will work out, we just know it will be filled with all sorts of fun surprises!

Now for the interesting part. No sooner had the wedding banquet concluded that the groom, Jesus, jumps on a white horse and heads out to defeat His enemies – the same enemies who sought to lead His bride astray while she (the church) lived on the earth. He lays the smack down, ultimately binding Satan for 1,000 years in the abyss, at which time He takes the throne and reigns as king along with His queen (the church).

So what does all this have to do with your marriage? Everything! From Christ’s example we see that we cannot truly enjoy the beauty of marriage until we have entered the battle for it. Jesus shows us that battle and beauty go hand-in-hand. He and His bride could not experience the joy of reigning together until He took up arms and fought.

When you and your spouse uttered the words “I DO” you entered an epic battle. It’s not a fight against each other, but against a very real enemy who wants nothing more than for you to stand idly by while he wreaks havoc on your relationship.

Here’s the key – The beauty of marriage is found when you choose to no longer fight against each other in a personal war but alongside each other in a spiritual battle. You were made for a fight, and until you engage the enemy together with your spouse you are missing an element of beauty in your relationship that can be found in no other way.

Jason Benham

My aim is simple: I want to get you hooked on God’s Word so that you become the godly man your wife and kids need you to be—the faithful warrior God called you to be. As men, we were made to fight, and our greatest weapon is the Word of God. Armed with His truth, we can win the battles desperately raging against us, our marriages, our families, as well as the culture in which we are called to change.

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