Jesus is Everything…in Marriage, Too – A Couple’s Bible Study

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:15-17

Earlier this year, Sabra and I went to see The Theory of Everything, a movie based on a book of the same title. It is about Dr. Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant and celebrated physicists of our time. He has been called the successor to Albert Einstein.

You may think that a movie about a physicist might not be very interesting, but the movie is about much more than physics. It is actually the story of Dr. Hawking and his wife, Jane Wilde, an art major he fell in love with and married while studying at Cambridge in the 1960s.

The story is particularly fascinating because while Dr. Hawking was earning his doctorate at Cambridge he was diagnosed with ALS, a rare, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease because of the well known New York Yankee baseball player whose career was cut short in 1939 because of the illness. Gehrig died of the disease in 1941.

Hawking was given just two years to live when diagnosed, but Jane married him anyway. And she saw him through those early difficult years of the disease.

To everyone’s surprise, Dr. Hawking is still alive today, though he is paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair, and communicates via a computer-produced voice. The fact that he has lived so long has amazed doctors. One renowned physician called him an anomaly. Of course, neither he nor any of his fellow men of science give any credit to God. They are, after all, atheists.

So why spend so much space in a marriage post talking about about Dr. Hawking? Because he is known for his life-long search of the Theory of Everything (ToE).

A ToE–also sometimes known as a final theory, ultimate theory, or master theory–is a hypothetical single, all-encompassing, coherent theoretical framework of physics that fully explains the universe.

Despite the brilliance of men like Dr. Hawking, the Theory of Everything is still one of the major unsolved problems in physics. Over the past few centuries theoretical frameworks have been developed that most closely resemble a ToE, but they fall short.

This Theory of Everything will never be discovered by scientists, no matter how brilliant they are. Why? Because they are looking in the wrong place.

A theory in science is a suggested explanation for an observable phenomenon; a well-substantiated explanation for a set of verified hypotheses. A law, on the other hand, is a generalization of a body of observations that at the time it is made, no exceptions have been found to it. So, a law in science is not necessarily a fact.

Even Albert Einstein said: “No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.” As you can see, there is no proof or absolute truth in science. This not intended to be an anti-science post. Science has been the source of much good throughout history. But science is only observing and verifying God’s Truth.

Eric Metaxas, a committed Christian scholar and Yale University alumnus, is a speaker, a commentator for radio and television, and a prolific author. In his speech at the May 2014 Baccalaureate service at Liberty University, he gave the answer to the Theory of Everything.

He concluded his talk by asking the audience to repeat with him in unison: “The name above all names, the hope of the universe, the summation of everything–Jesus.”

Jesus is everything

You see, The Theory of Everything has already been revealed. And it is not a theory. It is a fact.

The Theory of Everything is found in Jesus. He IS everything.

He’s not a hypothesis or a theory or even a law. Jesus is real and true. The answers to the universe are found in Him.

God tells us this in His true, factual Word–the Bible. Paul writes in Colossians 1:13-20:

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (bold mine).

Now you may be wondering what this has to do with marriage? EVERYTHING.

God created marriage from the beginning (see Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6). He gives us instructions on how to live as husbands and wives and have a blessed marriage (Ephesians 5:21-33). These are all truths we can be certain about because they are from God, the very Creator of and Lord over EVERYTHING.

God’s Word is all about Jesus. And as we place our hope in Him–He who is EVERYTHING–we have hope for our marriages.

So study God’s Word together. Live by it. Let your marriage be led by it. You can count on it. It is fact. It is TRUTH. It is EVERYTHING.

Questions for Discussion

          • Reread this week’s teaching and discuss what God has spoken to each of you.
          • What does it mean to you and your marriage that Jesus is everything? Is He everything to you and your marriage? What areas are you holding back from Him that you need to turn over to Him?
          • Pray together and ask God to help you keep Him the center of your marriage. Commit or recommit yourselves and your marriage to living for and serving Him. Commit yourselves to living by His Word in your lives and marriage. Commit to serve one another and others. Commit to making Him everything in your lives and marriage.

Until next week, may God bless you in all His wonderful ways,
David

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About David Penley

A devoted husband and father, former pastor and seminary professor, who longs to grow closer to the likeness of Christ each day and share God's love and truth with everyone.