Todd A. Peperkorn, STM
Messiah Lutheran Church
Marriage of Jamie Jacobs and Mitchel Kauppila
June 26, 2010
kauppila-jacobs2010 wedding sermon (MP3 format)
TITLE: â€œThe Wedding Feastâ€
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, especially to you, Jamie and Mitch. Â Our text for today is taken from I Corinthians 13 as well as from John chapter 2.
We donâ€™t know who the couple are in our text. Â We never even get their names. Â We donâ€™t know how they met. Â We donâ€™t know about their parents, we donâ€™t know what they did for a living. Â Did they grow up with Jesus? Â Were they cousins or some other shirt-tail relatives? Â We really donâ€™t know anything about them at all.
You can almost imagine the picture. Â Maybe it wasnâ€™t that different from the picture here today. Â A young couple, the families are all gathered for the joyous occasion. Â Friends, neighbors, schoolmates, relatives from near and far were there. Â You could sense the nervous energy, the joy and excitement, coupled with just a hint of uncertainty in the air. Â Will everything go just right? Â What will our lives be like together? Â How will we live? Â Where will we live? Â Will God bless us with children?
Iâ€™m sure many of these same thoughts and more have been running through your minds, Mitch and Jamie. Â You are preparing to embark on a wondrous journey together. Â It is an adventure, but if weâ€™re honest with ourselves, itâ€™s also a little scary. Â You donâ€™t know what your lives will be like a month, a year, ten years or more from now. Â You donâ€™t know whether it will be easy or hard, and what oddities will happen along the way. Â (Since youâ€™re a Jacobs, Jamie, Iâ€™m pretty certain there will be oddities along the wayâ€¦)
But there is one thing we know about the couple in our text. Â They invited the mother of our Lord to the wedding, and they invited Jesus Himself. Â Perhaps in the hubbub of the wedding this little fact didnâ€™t seem all that important. Â Perhaps He was just one more person to check off. Â Aunt Matilda. Â Check. Â Uncle Maynard. Â Check. Â Jesus from over in Nazareth. Â Check. Â Oh, and make sure you invite His mother. Â She always wants to be there when Heâ€™s around.
But little known to them, inviting Jesus to the wedding was the most important thing that happened in all their planning. Â Disaster struck! Â They ran out of wine. Â Maybe that doesnâ€™t seem like a big deal to you, but to them, this was huge. Â Everyone would think they were cheap, rude, and didnâ€™t really care for all of the guests that had been invited. Â After all that planning, all that work, to think that something should go wrong! Â Oh the horror of it all.
Will disaster strike today or during your married life together? Â I hope not, but itâ€™s possible. Â For richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, you will pledge to each other in a few minutes. Â Life has a way to getting in the way of all of our great ideas sometimes. Â It is important that we recognize today that the joy of married life isnâ€™t that there are no problems. Â The joy is that you will face them together, with Christ.
In the case of the couple in our text, Jesus was there at just the right time. Â He turns water into wine, saves the wedding, and all is well. Â Now, in the global scale of wedding disasters, running out of wine doesnâ€™t seem like a big deal, does it? Â Yet this miracle, this sign is the very first one that Jesus ever did.
This tells us something about how much God loves you, Jamie and Mitch. Â God is present for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health. Â In a very real sense, God has bound Himself to each of you already in the waters of Holy Baptism, and now He binds the two of you together in Him. Â The book of Ecclesiastes says it well: â€œAnd though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand himâ€”a threefold cord is not quickly broken.â€ (Ecclesiastes 4:12 ESV) Â Christ Himself is the cord that binds the two of you together.
It is for this reason that St. Paul calls marriage a picture of the love that Christ has for His bride, the Church. Â Christ loves us to death, literally. Â He died for you and me and all of us, so that we might live in Him forever. Â Your love for Jamie, Mitch, is a little picture of Christâ€™s love for us all, and your love for Mitch, Jamie, teaches us all why we are free to love Christ Â as His bride, the Church. Â Your marriage brings us all back to Eden, where Godâ€™s love for Adam and Eve brought the whole world into being.
We donâ€™t know the couple in our text this morning, but we know you, and everyone here rejoices in Godâ€™s mercy at bringing the two of you together. Â But more important that our well wishes is the fact that Jesus is here, at your wedding. Â He comes to bless you, to stand with you every step of the way, and to draw you into each other all the rest of your lives. Â Welcome to the family. Â Welcome to Paradise. Â Amen.