I was reflecting on the ‘sign’s of Christ’s glory’ in the light of Easter and the Risen Jesus. As St Paul reminds his readers in his first letter to the Corinthians. ‘If Christ has not been raised, then… your faith has been in vain (15.4). No risen Jesus no good news. The resurrection is an event that changed the world, and can change us. It is the ultimate ‘sign of his glory’.
Jesus’ first sign was the micacle in Cana of Galilee. It could as well have been in the wine regions of Riverina!
Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawan the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; his disciples believed in him.
Forty years ago this August Janine and I were married. This event changed our lives – needless to say for the good! In the introducation to the wedding service there is a reminder that ‘Jesus was a guest at a wedding in Cana of Galilee and through his Spirit he is with us now’ This year on our anniversary, 29th August, I hope Janine and I can quietly renew our wedding vows in the Cathedral Church of St Alban in Griffith.
This sign of water into wine isn’t just about a wedding, of course. It’s about life, new life with Christ. Not a story for this or that situation only, but about something he always wants to do. When Jesus is allowed to enter our lives we receive a new quality, like the turning water into wine. The change effected by the touch of Christ upon our lives assures us there is better to come.
His disciples believed in him, trusted him, but came to a deeper understanding in their faith only after the resurrection. Only faith could recognise Jesus’ divine glory. In Jesus we have the best God can give us.
Certainly for my wife Janine, and myself it is a fresh start in pastures new. We have so much to learn and to celebrate. On Friday 15th August I shall be consecrated as your Bishop and begin a new chapter of ministry and mission. I am so grateful for the continuining prayers of the Diocese during this Eastertide and look forward to getting to know you all in due course.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!