It's funny because this week, we talked in my Gospels' classes about Jesus' first miracle, turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. We talked about what a social disaster it would have been to run out of wine and how the gossip might have lasted for years. In all of my classes, we discussed the marriage of Johnny and Mahana in the LDS movie, Johnny Lingo, a huge feast just a day after the bride price was agreed upon. What huge traditions weddings are in all cultures and rightfully so. The joining of a woman and man in matrimony goes back to the earliest chapters in Genesis. Jesus used the settings of weddings as illustrations in several of His parables. In Ephesians 5, we hear Paul speaking of marriage and the church. And what was the price that Christ paid? He Gave Himself, the ultimate price. We used to sing the hymn, Jesus Paid It All. Notice it didn't say He paid a percentage; He gave everything. We like bargains and sales and coupons but there was no mark down for the salvation of our souls. One price fit all- the red blood of Jesus Christ. There could be no discount for our salvation. I got off cheaply because I am by nature a frugal guy. Our blessed Savior did not have that luxury.
Applicable quote of the day:
I remember when I was in school, they would ask, 'What are you going to be when you grow up?' and then you'd have to draw a picture of it. I drew a picture of myself as a bride.
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