According to the Legal Information Institute, a contract is an agreement creating obligations enforceable by law. Contracts are promises that the law will enforce. The law provides remedies if a promise is breached or recognizes the performance of a promise as a duty. Contracts arise when a duty does or may come into existence, because of a promise made by one of the parties. To be legally binding as a contract, a promise must be exchanged for adequate consideration. Adequate consideration is a benefit or detriment which a party receives which reasonably and fairly induces them to make the promise/contract (LLI). The basic elements of a contract are mutual assent, consideration, capacity, and legality. In some states, the element of consideration can be satisfied by a valid substitute. Possible remedies for breach of contract include general damages, consequential damages, reliance damages, and specific performance.
The breach is a mentioned several times be in the preceding paragraph. Break, in its simplest since, is a break, rupture or severance. In terms of a contract, it means that you break the conditions of the contract. We hear about contract disputes in with labor unions, athletic and entertainment industry, and within our government. Breaking promises is nothing new, but it is always offensive and hurtful to those who do not receive the fulfillment of what was promised. The reality of our fallibleness makes me yearn for TRUST: No Breach of Contract.
When I consider the consistency of keeping one’s word, I am dismayed at the specter fidelity of contracts, but there is hope. God is the shining and ultimate example of TRUST: No Breach of Contract. Right before Jesus finished the contract or should I say in spiritual terms, the covenant, He had with God, Jesus talked about His fidelity of fulfilling the contract/covenant. In this covenant, God the Father and the Son made an agreement regarding the elect. This covenant was made before the universe was created, and it consisted of the Father promising to bring to the Son all whom the Father had given Him (John 6:39; 17:9, 24). The Son would become man (Colossians. 2:9; 1 Timothy. 2:5), become for a while lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:7), and be found under the Law (Galatians 4:4-5). The Son would die for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2; 1 Peter 2:24), and the Father would raise the Son from the Dead (Psalm 2).
In John 17, right before Jesus finished the contract or should I say in spiritual terms, the covenant, He had with God, Jesus talked about His fidelity of fulfilling the contract/covenant. This is what He said TRUST: No Breach of Contract.
“4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.”
TRUST: No Breach of Contract. Is it possible for man not to breach a contract? Yes. God, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, empowers man to live for God instead of himself. The next greatest example of this in marriage. Marriage is symbolic of the covenant God made with man. Our text today in Mark 10 tells us to TRUST: No Breach of Contract.
Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.
2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied.
4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
Like God, man is supposed to give himself wholly and fully for his wife’s betterment at his expense – always. Man would not experience the grace of God without Christ’s sacrifice. First, we recall from Philippians 2 that Jesus, though God, made Himself nothing by taking on the nature of a servant. He, God, became man to serve man. In conjunction with that, we hear Jesus say that divorce is wrong and should not be considered. In regards to divorce, Jesus says TRUST: No Breach of Contract. If our marriages are to survive and thrive, we must take on the role that Jesus took on – servant. Jesus became less than what He was for us. This is the sacrifice that men are called to emulate. Being a servant requires a man to deny himself which fulfills the call of duty as a disciple of Christ. Next, a man is not to walk away from his wife and children because he does not fill his needs are being met. As a disciple/servant, we must rely on God to meet our needs.
When begin to contend for our own needs and wants, the real trouble begins. James asks us “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” The breach begins when self becomes greater than your wife. God says TRUST: No Breach of Contract.
We can come up with all kinds of reasons, excuses and rationales for pursuing our own interest over God’s, but it does not make it righteous. Our greatest concern should be to honor the covenant God made with us and the promise we made to God in following Him and loving our spouses. In God’s eyes, His position of remaining faithful despite being betrayed by one disciple and denied three times by another did not deter Him from honoring His commitment to the Father. Similarly, we who call ourselves Christians should do likewise. Anything less than that is adultery to God and to our spouses. TRUST: No Breach of Contract.