Sunday, January 17, 2010

Epiphany 2

We worshiped this week at a church using the TLH! Having grown up on LW, this was still a relatively new experience for me. The readings were Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, and John 2:1-11 (sermon text). My notes are somewhat disjointed, but bear with me.

Christ's first sign was the transformation of water to wine at Cana. We see five gifts here:
  1. God's gift of life: Satan desires death, contrary to the Holy Spirit.
  2. God's gift of wine: Satan desires drunkenness; abuse is not the proper use (enjoy it!).
  3. God's gift of marriage: Satan desires two-ness and immorality. Redefinition is sin. Luther tells us to pray confidently for a pious spouse. However, don't parade your obedience to the Word as Pharisees do; just obey. God will provide strength for you, whatever your situation. He rejoices over you!
  4. God's gift of creative power: He created man to till, grapes to become wine. Christ made instantly what normally takes years. How? He is God Himself. What we perceive is only part of what He does.
  5. God's gift of the Giver: this was Jesus' first miracle! He was fulfilling God's will - not ours. Submit therefore to God's will; don't impose yours on Him. He came to wed His bride, the Church. His Father forsook Him at the Crucifixion, as He cleaved to us at the Cross (Genesis 2:24). Wine became His blood while yet wine. On the third day He was glorified; the tomb was emptied! He has saved THE best for last: heaven to us, rejoiced over and loved by God! Receive this re-creating, purifying Giver.
Soli Deo gloria.


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