Adam and Eve, Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland.
When God created Eve from the rib of Adam, the first words of man recorded in scripture were, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh”. Clearly, Adam’s words attest to the importance God places on marriage. The very next verse (Gen 2:24) tells us that the union of husband and wife is the very reason, “man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife.”
This relationship of the human bride and groom closely parallels the relationship between Christ and his own bride, the Church, leaving little doubt why God holds the marital relationship between man and woman as most holy.
When a young man leaves the home of his father to join his bride, the father wishes him well and is pleased when his son returns home with his bride and children. When that same young man leaves his mother to prepare a home for his bride, she sadly watches his departure, and too, looks forward to when he returns to her with his family. The groom feels no sadness, instead anticipates the joy of being with his bride.
Just as a groom leaves his father’s home to join his bride, Christ left his father’s home to join his own bride. As a groom leaves his mother to prepare a home for his bride, Christ left his mother and ascended to heaven to prepare a home for his bride. And, just as a groom clings to his bride, Christ clings to his.