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"A Glorious Superabundance of Grace"

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Sermon shared by Kenneth Sauer

January 2004
Summary: A sermon about the abundance, extravagance, transformation, and new possibilities that God offers through Christ.
Denomination: United Methodist
Audience: General adults
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die.
Well, we got into a pretty heavy conversation at this point.
I talked to him about how we are all sinners and fall short of God’s glory…
…and that none of us are perfect…
…we all have sin in our lives…
…why, even in the book of 1st John it says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves…and… “If we claim to have not sinned, we make him [God] out to be a liar…”
Of course we are to confess our sins, and “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins…”
We talked about a lot of stuff.
Then, we talked about the thief on the Cross.
How that man said to Jesus: “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.”…
… and how “Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’”

If that’s all it took for the thief on the cross…
…that’s all it takes for us to enter heaven.
God’s grace is biggg!!!
Much bigger than any of us can even imagine.
I hope our talk did some good.

Do you believe that God’s grace is big enough for you?

Well, back to our Gospel Lesson in John.

It’s interesting that not everyone knew what had happened at this party.

The servants knew, they were the one’s who filled the jars with water.
They were the ones who took some of the wine to the master of the banquet in order for him to taste this best of wines.

Jesus often reveals Himself to the last, the least, the humble.

Quite often, those who have their eyes fixed on the things of this world miss the miraculous grace of Christ.

But those who are looking for God, seeking the Truth, the Way and the Life…
…they will find it.

The servants saw Jesus turn the water into wine.
The disciples saw Jesus turn the water into wine.
For everyone else, well, it was party time!

People often wonder why this miracle is included in John’s Gospel.
After-all, it is “the first of his miraculous signs.”

But it’s just a wedding.
It’s just water being turned into wine.
Or is it really a lot more than that?

The disciple John, makes it clear why he chose to record what he did in his Gospel.
In chapter 20, John writes: “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

This is a story of the superabundance of God’s grace, of the extravagance of that grace, of the transformation power of that grace, and the new possibilities that God offers all who will put their trust in His grace.
Jesus’ ministry began with an extraordinary gift of grace, and we are to anticipate the even more extravagant gift of new life in Jesus Christ.

Jesus graced a wedding at Cana in Galillee.
“He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.”
And we are told by the same disciple who wrote the Gospel of John…
…in the Book of Revelation that those who follow Christ will be part of a wedding…a wedding between Christ and us—His Church.

When a person is going through the last stages of death, the nurses at the Hospice Unit tell them to go for the Light.

In revelation chapter 22, “The spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’
Whoever is thirsty, let him come; let him take the free gift…’”

“the master of the banquet tasted
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