Summary: During this incredible event two things are certain: Jesus performs His first miracle to reveal His glory, and, His disciples put their faith in Him. Would we respond by following Christ if we were there too?

Changing Water into Wine

John 2:1-11


Three year anniversary?

- The gospel of John screams of the faith that we should have in Christ

-- It is the clearest example of living life FOR the one who redeemed you and I

- If we can learn to love others like Jesus’ … we can bring them TO Him

-- Re: We won’t bring a friend to something we do not like

-- John demonstrates and challenges us to love people like Christ did

- Tonight, we will look at three of 6 “M’s” that happen in John 2

-- Today we will talk about Jesus' mother, His method, and His first miracle

- Read John 2:1-11 / Pray

∆ Point 1 – Jesus’s Mother

- Many people have sought to understand the timeline here (ref: third day – v1)

-- Re: This would’ve been after the temptation in the wilderness

-- Re: After Jesus had been baptized; and after the first disciples

-- APP: Perhaps this is three days after those first disciples joined Him …

- Caution: Don’t get drawn into debates about calendars … miss main thing

-- What is critical, is that this event takes place as the first of His ministry

-- Jesus and his mother, Mary, are both invited to a wedding in Cana (v2)

- As with most social functions, running out of something is never good

-- And here, at this critical celebration, they’ve run out of wine

- What would be noticed by the guests is how careless the family is

-- APP: They obviously don’t care enough about their guest to be prepared

-- It is a social blunder … which could lead to much ridicule

- Mary then presents a unique question to Jesus in v3 …

-- “They have no more wine” … and Jesus’ response really make me cringe:

-- “Woman, what do you want from me? This is not my concern …”

- What really was Jesus implying with this statement?

-- Well, it is actually quite simple. The word time is the Greek word “horo”

-- It is where we get our word, hour, from and it suggests a timeline

- Much like John 17:1, “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: Father, the hour (time; horo) has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”

- APP: Jesus is stating that He is a divine timeline and it’s not now

-- But remember, Mary had carried the knowledge of Jesus’ birth for 30 years

-- At some point, she has got to be saying, “When will it be time???”

- TRANS: Mary then gives the most profound response (but NOT to Jesus)

∆ Point 2 – Jesus’s Methods

- Notice, this is said to the servants … to those who were sworn to serve

-- Challenge: Could this not be said to you and me as well as advice?

-- In v5 she says, “Do whatever he tells you.” Priceless!

- She gives the servants a command, to take note of what Jesus says

-- To respond to His words without delay; and to be quick about it

-- The word “Do” is not suggestive, it is a command – requires response

- The containers nearby could’ve held over 120 gallons of liquid

-- The servants were told to fill them with water, right to the brim

-- Consider the amount of liquid here: If one glass is about ½ pint

-- These jars would’ve contained roughly 1000 servings of wine

- If anyone said they didn’t have enough then, they’d be out of their minds

-- APP: But isn’t that just like God? To give us MORE than we really need?

- Jesus then commands the servants to take a glass to the master

-- He didn’t say to give it to the wait staff, or the food prep people

-- But, take this and ensure it gets into the master’s hands

- Somewhere between the kitchen and table, Jesus’ first miracle occurs

-- The wait staff simply obeyed, and believed this man who commanded them

- They would’ve taken this wine to the leader of the event of the evening (v8)

-- Perhaps a toastmaster or master of ceremonies; it would be very public

-- Their faith would’ve had to been solid considering the possible ridicule

- TRANS: Once it reached them, Jesus’s first miracle would be complete

∆ Point 3 – Jesus’s First Miracle

- Once he tasted this wine, he realizes it to be the best wine of the evening

-- Now, there is much discussion on whether or not this wine is alcoholic

-- So, let me try to unpack this and shed some light

- First, the Greek word used to describe the wine is “oinos”

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