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Sermon for Sunday, 20th January 2013 (Epiphany 2/Ordinary 2) — 1 Comment

  1. I think the glory Jesus revealed to his disciples through the sign of new wine is a glory he will give to all his disciples, including us. In Jn. 1:14, the writer says we saw his glory, full of grace and truth; then in 1:16, and from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace; then 1:17, for the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. In this Gospel, the main thing Jesus points forward to that he will give his disciples is the Spirit of truth (explained in detail in Jn. 14-16). And already in 1:31-34, John the Baptist says that while he baptizes with water, the one on whom he sees the Spirit descend and remain will be the one baptizing with the Spirit.
    Jesus’ gift of new wine in Jn. 2 is a sign of the glory he has now (the glory that descended on him from heaven and remains with him), and of the glory he will give his disciples in the future. The new wine is a contrast with the Jewish water of purification, just as Jesus’ baptizing with the Spirit is a contrast with John’s baptizing with water. In Jn. 2 his hour has not yet come (to depart and return to the Father, as in 13:1), but he goes ahead and does this sign that points ahead to what he will give his disciples when his hour has come. He will not leave them alone, but give them (and us) the Spirit of truth so that we remember his words and speak his truth; our glory is the Spirit in us speaking the same truth Jesus did.

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