Peace in the midst of crisis

John 2@1-11This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.   – John 2:11

This week we gather with other Christians to pray for our community. You are invited to join us each lunch hour (11:45 am – 12:40 pm) at St. Mary’s Anglican Church for soup and crackers, along with a time of prayer and reflection.

It’s a rare day that I’m not dealing with some kind of crisis. Some of these are personal while others belong to others and involve me as a pastor, husband, father, friend or citizen.

Sometimes I would like to say like Jesus said in this past Sunday’s Gospel reading: what does this have to do with me? (John 2:4), but every crisis is an opportunity for the glory of God to be revealed. However, more times than not the opportunity leads us to either crawl within ourselves, looking for answers, or to just run away as fast as we can.

Into the crisis of our sin-filled lives God came in the person of Jesus Christ to bear your sins and mine and to carry them to the cross where the price was paid and forgiveness was gained. Even in the crisis of death (the wages of sin – Romans 6:23) Christ overcame it through His resurrection and through faith in Christ, sin, death and the power of the devil have been replaced by forgiveness, life and salvation.

In the first miracle of Christ (John 2:1-11) the Holy Spirit reminds us that whatever crisis we may face today or this week, we can trust in Christ, the One who has taken the chaos and brought us the good news of that peace that passes all understanding.

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

In case you missed the message for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany or would like to listen again please follow this link or watch below.

– Pastor Tim