When we have more of an Epiphany season the second Sunday's Gospel reading is the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11). It's a beautiful text and has a lot to teach us about who Christ is and what He thinks about marriage. In Walther's sermon on this text he says that Jesus' miracle reveals the glory of marriage in four ways:
1) First it reveals that marriage is a Holy Institution, instituted by God Himself before the Fall. This
means that it is not an invention of man and so it is not something that man can change. Marriage
is what God makes it, not how culture defines it.
2) Next it reveals that God preserves our marriages by His might and power. What a comforting
thought! We all know how difficult marriage is and yet God shows us here that He is the one who
preserves our marriages.
3) Related to that it reveals that God Himself provides for the needs of the institution. Not only does
God preserve our marriages, but He provides everything we need for them. It starts in the Divine
Service where the forgiveness we receive there flows into our homes and the rest of our week. He
provides the spiritual and physical needs of our marriages (see the First Article of the Creed and
Fourth Petition of the Lord's Prayer in the Small Catechism).
4) Finally, Walther says that God wants to reveal Himself to man in marriage – that marriage and
and the family a school of faith and love. In the home we speak God's Word to one another (both Law and Gospel) and learn to love and serve our neighbor.
Obviously much more could be said. I hope this meditation encourages you in your own marriage.
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