“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.…” (Revelation 22:17a)
“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death…Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.” (Song of Solomon 8:6, 7)
I would like to emphasize three major thoughts about the sacredness of a Christian wedding, and all have to do with what the institution of marriage represents.
Unfortunately, I’m afraid that it is merely the traditions that are passed but seldom the meaning behind the traditions. Let’s take a look at why we do some of the things we do and remember, our body is the temple of God. You will see from the Scripture that many of the symbols come directly from the requirements God ordained for the original temple of the Old Testament. The man represents the high priest of the Old Testament. The woman’s body represents the temple. Bearing this in mind will help you to understand why certain symbols apply more to one gender than to the other.
• The exchange of gold rings symbolizes fidelity and a binding of hearts to one another. Gold is one of the most precious metal known to man. The ring is hard and unbreakable. It is a perfect circle and thus represents a never-ending, eternal commitment. We wear it on the third finger of our left hand. Why? It was believed that the vein in the third finger ran directly to the heart, so the wearing of the rings on that finger joined the couple’s hearts and destinies. Because of the hand heart connection, that vein was named Vena amori, Latin for “the vein of love.” (Feminists today are purposely wearing their ring on their right hand to symbolize commitment to no one but themselves.)
The Two Most Important Symbols I have saved what I believe are the two most important symbols for last. These are:
• The kiss. It symbolizes the sealing of a legal contract or bond. The kiss is also a symbol of commitment, which is why it is so important that a person not kiss before marriage. When a girl kisses many guys before marriage, she is making a mockery of a most holy contract. That is why Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. His was a hypocritical act that took the sacred symbol of commitment and turned it into an appalling act of betrayal. When a girl kisses before marriage, she is doing the same. She is betraying her own commitment to her future husband.