Preaching to the saints of the Lutheran Church at Christ-Elkhart and Faith-Hugoton in Kansas since February 8, 2015. All sermons prior to that date were preached either at Trinity Lutheran Church-Layton or First Lutheran Church-Tooele, Utah.
[This more a preaching outline than a manuscript.]
TEXT: On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine."
Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."
His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.
Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim.
And He said to them, "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast." And they took it.
When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, "Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!"
This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. John 2:1-11 nkj
An amazing account of the life of our Lord.
We do well to ask,
"What does [this account of the miracle] have to do with Me?" - Jesus & everyman
John 20:30-31 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
First, What does [this account of the miracle] have to do with Jesus? Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God
Second, What does [this account of the miracle] have to do with you, dear Christian, you sinner/saint? that you may believe, . . . and that believing you may have life in His name.
Let us not forget that life, eternal life begins here in this world. Neither let us forget that Jesus Himself is true God and true man - touching and having to do with two worlds, heaven and earth. So let us also consider two more questions.
What does this have to do with the earthly kingdom?
What to does this have to do with the heavenly kingdom?
Earthly kingdom - do not despise the good gifts of God according to their intended purpose- sex/marriage/family; food/drink/recreation.
God provides these things. We should neither count them for too little or too much. They are not evil for being earthly - it is our sin that curses them and uses them for evil.
That so many marriages are go bad and end painfully is not the fault of God's gift and so it should not be held in contempt, rejected, or replaced.
That so much harm is caused under the influence of certain beverages does not mean that the beverage is evil -else why would Jesus have provided more after plenty had already been consumed?
Both of these earthly gifts are to be cherished and enjoyed for the gifts that they are and the benefits they bring. But neither should be given inordinate attention or revered as more than they are.
What does this have to do with our relationship with God?
Jesus is not just our party friend and drinking buddy,
Marriage is not the ultimate end and purpose for which we were created. And Jesus answered and said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. Luke 20:34-36
Man and wife are created in God's image, and so marriage reflects the relationship He has with us - forgiveness, forbearance, faithfulness.
God also uses earthly/earthy things to convey His heavenly kingdom and spiritual things to us.
Finally, we see faith in action. His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."
That is faith. Trusting that what God tells us to do in His Word is good, beneficial, authoritative and dynamic no matter how it may look or feel to us.
It may not make sense - words, water, wine - but in these things is life and life eternal because God fills them up just as certainly as He did the water pots. He filled them up using people He called according to His Word & command. It is His word and work that makes these things and people holy for His use and provides for us abundantly.
What does your concern have to do with Me? these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name - the name, that gives you life abundantly here and now in gifts such as marriage and wine, and forever in heaven as He forgives you all of your sins -- the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Insofar as this sermon is a true proclamation of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, it belongs to Him and His Church. Therefore its use is free to all who deem it worthy and beneficial.
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