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Living With Dying

Living With Dying

January 28, 2013

A sermon from Rev. Dr. James Lamb, Executive director of Lutherans for Life. I preached this sermon for our observance of Life Sunday. The message is about how we as Christians "live with dying"--that is face our mortality with Christian hope and confidence, and how that guides our actions in relation to care for the elderly, ill, or disabled, as well as making decisions near the end of life.

Cana’s Wedding Guest

Cana’s Wedding Guest

January 21, 2013

Sermon on John 2:1-11, Jesus' first miracle at the wedding at Cana, of changing water into wine. For the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany.

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1. Wedding feasts usually lasted for 7 days in ancient Israel (Judges 14:12) and the groom’s family were financially responsible . Apparently the greatest crisis involved in this miracle was the social embarrassment and shame that would be caused to the new couple. How did Jesus bless and honor the estate of marriage with His presence and this first miracle?

2. While Jesus’ response to His mother was not rude, neither was it particularly warm. Compare to Jesus’ response about family in Matthew 12:46-50 & Luke 11:27-28. How do these passages together show the priority that Jesus placed on faith, even over family ties? To whom was His mission on earth solely responsible? Why would it have been particularly hard for Mary to accept the necessary change of relating to Jesus primarily as between disciple and Lord?

3. What did Jesus mean by “my hour has not yet come?” Track this major theme through John’s gospel in John 7:30; 8:20; 12:23, 27; 13:1; 16:25, 32; 17:1. Cf. 4:21-23 & 5:24-29. What was Jesus’ “hour”, and when did it come?

4. What were the physical and spiritual outcomes of Jesus’ consenting to Mary’s request? John 2:10-11. What was the ultimate goal of Jesus’ miracles? What was the penultimate (secondary goal) of many of them?

5. How does this miracle encourage us to look to the One who is able to help us in all circumstances, to look to the hour of His help and divine rescue, and to be persistent in our prayers and petitions? Cf. Luke 18:1-8

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