As a follow-up to the worship message each Sunday, Pastor Tom (or whoever preached that Sunday) jots down some additional thoughts for us to ponder. We hope these thoughts enrich your time as you meditate on Sunday's message and on God's Word.
*Sermon Afterthoughts from December 2010 through June 2012 can be found on our Facebook page in the Notes section.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (8/14/16) entitled, "All Things New" by Pastor Bruce Forsee (John 2:1-12):
The three chapters, John 2-4, form a unit, beginning in Cana and ending in Cana. In these three chapters, Jesus is presented as the Bridegroom coming to claim His bride, the church. In John 3:29, John the Baptist points out that “The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.” In other words, the wedding at Cana is a sign that points to Jesus Himself as the true Bridegroom who provides the “good wine.” Up until this time, the Jews relied on rituals for purification (John 2:6; 3:25). But Jesus brought true cleansing. This “Bridegroom” image is brought to completion when Jesus confronts the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. She is a wonderful metaphor for the church, the bride of Christ. She is of mixed race, Jew and Gentile. She has a sordid history with no righteousness of her own to bring to Jesus. She is thirsty and tired and confused even about worship. As a metaphor of the church, she is a picture of the bride of Christ. The apostles are astonished that Jesus would even speak to such a woman. But they don’t yet understand the extent of His grace. Jesus intends (metaphorically) to marry her! This sinful woman is not simply someone to talk to; she represents His bride. Too often in this story in John 4 we identify with the disciples. As the church, we are to identify with the Samaritan woman who was without hope until she met Jesus. In Jesus, we find not just rescue, but a Bridegroom who delights in His bride.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
5 For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.