Why is marriage so hard? What does Jesus’ life and death teach us about marriage?

“So the Biblical doctrine of sin explains why marriage–more than anything else that is good and important in this fallen world–is so painful and hard.”

“Jesus gave himself up for us.  Jesus, the Son, though equal with the Father, gave up his glory and took on our human nature (Philippians 2:5ff).  But further, he willingly went to the cross and paid the penalty for our sins, removing our guilt and condemnation, so that we could live united with him (Romans 6:5) . . . .  He gave up his glory . . . and became a servant.  He died to his own interests and looked to our needs and interests instead (Romans 15:3).  Jesus sacrificial service to us has brought us into a deep union with him and he with us.  And that . . . is the key not only to understanding marriage but to living it.

(Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage, pp.33, 37)

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