Daily Lectionary: Job 4:1-21; John 2:1-12

 

And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me?  My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:4)

 

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The first miracle that Jesus performs is all about pointing us from the Law to the Gospel. We all know about the six stone jars that held water for the Jewish rites of purification. The water supplied for this miracle was anything but clean. It was hand-washing water! It definitely would not be the type of water anyone would voluntarily drink. The funny part? Christ commanded the waiters to give it to the headwaiter, their boss.

When the headwaiter tasted it, he proclaimed it as the best wine of the feast. John tells us that he did not know where it came from, although the servers who had drawn the water knew (John 2:9). One can almost wonder what the waiters were thinking as they handed the water to their boss. They were simply following Jesus’ command, a simple Word spoken over creation.

This points to Jesus’ authority in heaven and on earth as the author of all creation. He fulfills the Law in our place and leaves us with the gladness of the Gospel. As we live out our lives here and now, we are making our pilgrimage toward heaven, where we will partake of the Supper of the Lamb, which we will enjoy with Christ at the end of time.     But Jesus does not leave us empty-handed in the meantime. He comes to us with His Word and changes bread and wine into His Body and Blood at His command and for our benefit. The Eucharist brings to us the fulfillment of Jesus’ hour where He was crucified for us and for our salvation. The fruits of His Cross are placed into your mouth each time you come to the Lord’s Table. That wondrous feast shows you that the Law has been fulfilled, and the Gospel is given to you as you participate in the foretaste of that great marriage feast that is to come. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Kent Schaaf

 

Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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