We were gathered for wedding rehearsal.
I always tried to keep the occasion "light," interspersing humor.

I noticed the groom was not really focused on the ceremony.
He was somewhat distracted because the maid of honor was "standing in" for the bride.

So, as we were repeating vows, I turned to the groom and asked,
"Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded husband?"

With a somber face, he answered, "I do."

Everyone "hee-hawed!"
We had to explain the joke to the groom.

Ps 111:9
He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his
covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

Luke 22:20
This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

A covenant is made between two agreeing parties.
And a covenant between two people is only as strong as its weakest link.

However, when God is partner in a covenant, He secures it "forever!"
God's covenant of salvation is established in mercy, enacted by grace
and secured in His "blood!"

Because of His MERCY, God saw us in the misery of sin and determined
to become our Savior.
God desires to provide freedom from the slavery of sin to every repentant believer.
(2Peter 3:9)

By GRACE, God offers every repentant sinner undeserved, unmerited favor.
G od's
R iches
A t
C hrist's
E xpense!

The justness and righteousness of God demanded "just" payment for our sins.
And, the covenant of God's salvation for man is secured "forever" by the "blood" of Christ!
Because of the "just" payment, God confers upon a repentant sinner JUSTIFICATION (Rom. 3:25-26).

Aren't you glad God's covenant of salvation is secured eternally?

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce