Summary: A sermon to help give wisdom to know when it’s okay just to be really upset with corruption and injustice.
The first question is what are you doing here tonight? Like why are you here? Honestly. Think about that. For some of you that have gone to church for a long time, you may have not asked that question in a good season. Why are you here? Why do you come? What is your motive? What is it you’re seeking? What is it you desire? What do you want? And why do you go to all of this inconvenience. The second question is what did you bring? What did you bring? “Oh, my gosh. He’s gonna take our money.” Yes, he is (Laughter). Yes, he is. Yes. With that in mind, think through those questions. Why do you come? And what do you bring when you come? And then it’ll all make sense. I’ll tie it in together at the end.
We’re in John Chapter 2, picking up in Verse 12, just continuing through the book. After this, what had happened previously, as you know, Jesus had turned a number of ceremonial washing basins into good wine. It was his first miracle at a wedding banquet. Up to 180 gallons of wine. Okay? So you see this picture where Jesus is making wine at a wedding, and now we see this stark contrast in his response to what’s happening around him. So after this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and disciples. One excursion I’ll take real quick. How many of you were raised Catholic? Anybody like me, raised Catholic? We were told, were we not, that Mary was always a virgin (Laughter)? And they would say, “Oh, wonderful Mary, Mother Mary. She was always a virgin. Isn’t that wonderful, kids?” I was like “Not for Joseph (Laughter). Not for Joseph. No, not for Joseph at all. If that’s true, that’s bad. I don’t see where that’s good and righteous. Joseph’s walking around saying, ‘Thank you, Lord. It’s good. I didn’t mind getting married to a virgin, but being married to a virgin has become cumbersome, burdensome, painful, difficult.’”
I always wondered like how did Joseph – where did Joseph actually go with this? Like “Oh, yeah, sure. No problem. I’ll get married to my wife and never touch her. That’s not a problem.” Here we see that Jesus has brothers. And so you just fill in the gaps. For those of you in public school, it may take you a little time (Laughter). We’ve all had help. We know how that happens. So Mary was not a virgin forever.
“After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and his brothers and his disciples,” his students. “There they stayed for a few days. When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.” Big deal here. Passover is the largest celebration of the Jewish people. It is the day where all that are capable come into Jerusalem to the temple.
It is a celebration. As we look through the book of Exodus, God delivered his people from bondage and slavery and death and oppression, gave them freedom so that they could go into the desert and they could worship him. So Passover was that celebration where God’s wrath passed over them, gave them life instead of death, and gave them freedom instead of bondage. Right? He gave them hope instead of despair. And they are celebrating that at the Passover according to the ways that God had established that they celebrate this great feast and this great festival. And so thousands of years later here we come. They’re still celebrating this as a people.