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I. Weakness

II. Emptiness

III. Amazement

Ephesians 3:14-21 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15

from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I

pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power

through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your

hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in

love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide

and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love

that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all

the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more

than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within

us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all

generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

In the name of Jesus Christ, who dwells in our hearts and works in our lives to

uncover delight in a world of sin, dear Christian friends, Amazed, incredulous, shocked— all words that might describe Jesus’ mother Mary after she witnessed her son change water into wine. She probably knew he could do a miracle like this, based on what she was learning about her son over the thirty years of his life, but neither she, nor anyone else, had seen it before as this was “the first of his miraculous signs” (Jn 2:11).

What was she to make of it? Was this a sign that Jesus could do all things, but

that he might use his power for evil, not good? Was this a sign that Jesus could do all

things and therefore would soon leave her to go on to bigger and better things? Was

this a sign that Jesus could do all things and that she should just take it all in and be

thankful for whatever good he would accomplish?

If the Apostle Paul had been at the wedding where this miraculous event took

place, he might have shared these words before us today to uncover delight for Mary in