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