In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
“Woman, My hour has not yet come.” All of time revolves around one hour for our Lord. The hour of His death. His hour had not yet come. Not at that wedding. Not at that point in His life. His death for the redemption of all mankind, which is His entire purpose, had not yet arrived. By calling His mother, “Woman,” He was emphasizing the first promise given to the first woman (Genesis 3:15) that someday a Son would be born of a woman who would crush Satan, sin, and death. He is the Son. He was there for that purpose. But His hour was not yet.
Mary had known this since the Angel Gabriel told her that she would bear that Son who would save mankind. She is a believer in Him. She is alive in Him. She loves Him. So trusting in Him she said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”
And guess what? Though His hour to save you had not yet come, did you notice what day the Gospel said it was? It is the third day (John 2:1). On the third day after His death He rose. This is the third day since He started calling His disciples (John 1:35; 1:43; 2:1). All throughout the Bible whenever the number of days are mentioned in a narrative, God has always worked it out that on third days He saves His people.
Everyone puts their trust in the wrong things from time to time. What is your faith in? Is it in the Jesus of the Bible? Or is it in your own ideas about how God the Father should act? If you put your faith in your own ideas, your faith will eventually be destroyed. God will disappoint you for He will not live up to your ideas. He is true to Himself. He is true to His Word. But He is not true to your ideas about Him. Make sure your faith is in the God who actually IS, who has revealed Himself in the Bible. Repent of your notions of what you think He should be like. Only the true God will not disappoint you.
What was result of this miracle on this day? His disciples believed. They may have had faith in Him prior to this, but we don’t know what they believed, whether they were labouring under false notions and their own ideas or not. Now they know He is the fulfilment of the prophecies of the Old Testament. Now they know that He is God their saviour. They believe on Him and are saved by Him. Their salvation is past tense for it is done, accomplished. But their faith is present tense for it is ongoing.
This miracle points to that hour of salvation. That hour tells you everything you need to know about Our Lord. Our world is not like our Lord. Here people put their best foot forward, serve the best wine first, hoping people will think better of us than we deserve. When we have them hooked, then we reveal who we really are, hoping they’ll put up with us, or be too drunk on love or distracted with life to, or in too deep to notice by then and back out on us. Not so with our Lord. He gives what is good right from the start, for all that He gives comes from His cross. His hour had not yet come but He already poured forth the best wine. No bait and switch with Him.
That hour has come. That hour gave an eternal testament of His love to you. A New Testament in His blood. We live after that hour, but that testament still testifies to you. It causes you to look not at yourself but to Him. The value and worth of your life to God is not yourself and what you accomplish or do. It is Him and what He did in that hour to purchase you a lost and condemned person.
Some Christians talk a lot about the hour they first believed. They often call it the moment they got saved. If you have such a moment that you remember and treasure, good. But know that the hour you first realized that you were saved is not actually when you were saved. You were saved when Jesus poured out His life blood on a tree for you. That is the hour of your salvation. The hour when He poured out the treasure which purchased your freedom.
He leaves you a lasting testament to that. He gives it to you again and again, week after week, in His wedding feast where He weds Himself to you for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. In this meal He pledges to love you and cherish you the way no husband or wife on earth ever has. This is His promise to you, paid for with His blood, given you in this meal. Your faith in Him clings to Him and His shed blood alone.
But don't let this be a sham on your end. Don’t just partake of His New Testament in His blood only when you crave it. Marriage is not about what you crave or want. Don’t fall victim to the idea that receiving His blood less often makes it more special. That is like saying, “I don’t like eating everyday, it makes my food less special when I eat every day.” It`s like saying, “I only got married for those rare moments when I really want another person around. Having them around all the time makes them less special.” Both food and marriage are not for occasional pleasure. Though good food is a true joy, food is for keeping you alive. Marriage is for companionship, to give one to another, to help each other, and for the godly receiving and raising of children. This New Testament in His blood is your lifeblood. It is your meat and potatoes. It keeps you alive in Him. Eat and drink this meal eagerly, and often. For this wine saves you, gives you His life, and manifests His glory in you, by causing you to believe in Him and keeping that faith strong and lively unto eternal life.
In +Jesus` name, Amen.
—Pastor David Haberstock
Epiphany Lutheran Church
Thunder Bay, ON