This morning the preaching text is John 2:1-11; Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana. This miracle is labeled the first of Jesus’ miraculous signs. It also serves as a bookend to the Gospel of John. In this miracle we see the promise and then at the end of John we see how Jesus is going to accomplish the promise.
The promise ~ The best is yet to come.
How? ~ The cross and the empty tomb.
The rest of the Gospel of John fills in the blanks with proclamations of forgiveness; more miracles (in case this one wasn’t enough to show you that Jesus is the one who is to come), awesome acts of mercy, instructions on how to carry on with this ministry and encouragement to endure to the end. The Gospel of John is plump full of “good stuff” that carries us to the BEST of what is to come. This life is not it so don’t cling to it as if it is.
Let’s pray together as we prepare to worship this morning:
Loving God, through Jesus you show us that you have prepared something much better for us. Through Jesus you give us hope that this world is not our final reality. Through Jesus you give us a foretaste of the feast to come; a great feast that will have no end. May we not cling to this life as if it is the final course. May we not try to build this life in such a way that it ends up being our final course. But…may this life just be a teaser for the Great Banquet that has been prepared and where; through faith in Jesus, we have a seat reserved. Tempt our “taste buds” to seek Jesus more and more. And may we also seek to share this feast with others. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!
The table has been set, let us feast together
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