This is Your Wake Up Call!

Between the pouring in, and the dipping out…FAITH!

get-attachment-3aspxThe Gospel of Saint John Second Chapter verses twelve through twenty-five
(Latin Vulgate Translation)
Brandon A. A. J. Davis, BA., M.Div.

The Gospel of St. John is one of my most favorite non-synoptic gospels simply because John’s view of Jesus focuses more on the man, and his purpose and less about his genealogy and his encounters. While Mathew tells us whence he came, Mark an archivist tells the story of Jesus from an historian’s perspective, as it was told to him from Peter, and Luke a physician, portrays Christ as a healing physician who has come down from heaven to heal us from all our sickness both physical and spiritual, and is accessible to all people not just the Jews.
John however, tells of a man whose only purpose was to set at liberty they that were held captive, and to give freedom to those who were bound by sin, and was headed in a direction towards an eternity in hell. John who saw Christ as social servant understood that in order for us to fully understand why he came, we needed to know the man, and the purpose.
Our text for this Lenten season begins with Jesus’ first miracle wrought at the wedding of Cana of Galilee. While there Mary the mother of Jesus approaches her son, and informs him that all the wine is gone. To a novice reader the importance of that conversation is lost in the content of what she was talking about, and not on the context. Jesus was not new to this area, his time to show himself as a miracle worker was not at hand. Some theologians have suggested that Jesus was not in agreement with what was being asked, and his response saying; “my time has not yet come…” was a sign meaning “I’m simply not interested in what you’re talking about.”
Nevertheless, Jesus attended to the need of the crowd only because it is the nature of Christ to meet the needs of the people. I must admit that this sounds dubious, but I assure you that is not the case. The people present at the wedding at Cana of Galilee, witness Christ first act as the son of God, but there was a catch, their faith was required in order to behold this great act of power.
With all my theological understanding, I can only surmise this answer, somewhere between the pouring in and the dipping out…wine. Was this a magic trick? Seems likely but not plausible, Christ is not a magician who is in the business of entertaining people, Christ is indeed a miracle worker. Faith as we know it is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, it is possible for things in our life to happen by simply putting our faith on the line.
Faith in many aspects is not on based upon where we shall land, but that we shall LAND! Another aspect of faith is that it does not have to make sense; you simply have to have the ability to believe beyond what you can not see, and what you do not know. Jesus meets the needs of the people by providing them with what they did not have. During this journey called Lent, let us be encouraged to believe Christ for all things, and set in motion our ability to exercise faith regardless of what we may see or not see, and to be convinced that miracles still happen. Let us be encouraged to believe God and to trust him to meet us at the very point of our needs, for if thou will only believe, all things are possible. Amen.

Brandon A. A. J. Davis, BA., M.Div.
Senior Pastor of Wayman AME Church
Wheeling, West Virginia

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