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Summary: In the Scriptures "Water" is often a symbol of .the "Word of God". It is important to understand that Wine often times in Jewish literature is a reference or a symbol of joy. Do you need to be filled anew, to be filled to the brim with joy?

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There are times when life drains us .... to the point ... that we are running on ... "empty"?

And sadly ... when we do ... we let life rob us ... of our joy

But I brought some "Joy" with me this Morning (Evening).

I have a bottle of Joy dish-washing detergent, .... Almond Joy, and a Joy Stick.

So...What happens ... when you run out of "Joy"?

You have an empty bottle ... an empty candy wrapper... or a video game ... that does not work.

Life just isn't quite ... (Pause) ... are you ready for this?

Life isn't quite as .... enjoyable ... when you run out of "joy"!

Am I speaking the truth?

Maybe you are here today, .... and you have lost or misplaced ... some or all of ... your "joy".

Something is troubling you ... something is bothering you.

Something... is robing you ... of your joy.

You have aloud worry ... to impact ... your very being.

You have been disappointed, ... hurt, ... or grieved.

You are running ... on empty.

You have lost ... or misplaced your "Joy".

Now ... The Apostle John tells us in our text ... how Jesus restored "joy" ... to those who attended a marriage celebration ... in Cana ... of Galilee.

And Beloved ...He can do the same for you ... this day.

So how does Jesus restore .... "Joy"?

(1 Finger) First and foremost we are ... to be ...... where Jesus is! (John 2:1-2)

John tells us that it is ... the "third day" ... Why?

Because ... 3 days earlier, ... Jesus had called ... His first 5 Disciples.

And I am convinced ... that when John mentioned Quote ... "the third day"; ... he was also giving us a hint, ... a glimpse ... at our Lord's ... resurrection.

Well ... soon thereafter the calling of these 5... they were invited to a marriage celebration ... in Cana ... of Galilee.

You think it is expensive today ... to have a wedding ... and it is ... Back then ... a Jewish Wedding Feast ... lasted ... a full week.

They would begin with a sort of parade, ... and the father of the bride ... would bring his daughter ... to the home ...of the groom.

The whole town would join in ... on this parade.

It was a huge celebration ... for all.

When they arrived at the groom's home, ... the marriage ceremony ... would take place ... at the front door.

Then ... the feast began ... which lasted for 7 days ... paid for ... by the groom's family.

There was no honey-moon ... they had an ... "open house" and an "open bar"... for a week ... lots of food ... and wine ... a week-long ... celebration.

Jesus and His 5 Disciples ... were invited ... to this wedding feast.

Imagine the Change ... for these Disciples.

At least 2 of them ... had been disciples of John ... the Baptizer.

And John the Baptizer ... was not what you would call a socialite ... He ate grasshoppers and wild honey ... wore animal skins for clothing ... lived in the wilderness... and he drank no wine.

John the Baptizer ... probably would not be very comfortable ... at a wedding feast.

Jesus on the other hand ... was distinctive!

Jesus cherished ... being with ... the people.

He enjoyed social occasions ... He was a much sought-after ... dinner guest.


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William Kruppa

commented on Jul 25, 2015

Thank you for the perspective on this passage and the emotion you help us feel through your sermon!

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jul 26, 2015

Thank-you for taking time to contact me and for your kind words. May you be a blessing to all those that God places in your life. Your brother in the Faith Jeff

Ron Chetney

commented on Jan 15, 2016

Thank you Pastor Smead I so enjoy your thought full and relevant exposition of the scripture

Lisa Ceh

commented on Jan 15, 2016

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jan 16, 2016

Thank-you for taking time to reply. Thank-you also for your kind words. Though I put this message together back in 2010 I have not had a chance to give it until this Sunday January 17th 2016.

Brandon Lanier

commented on Sep 3, 2016

This message is very uplifting, thank you for sharing it. The touch of humor makes it so enjoyable to read and the spiritual truth always drives it home.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Sep 5, 2016

Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts and for your kind words. We are so blessed by our Lord. Blessed to be a blessing. In Christ Jeff

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Sep 5, 2016

Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts and for your kind words. We are so blessed by our Lord. Blessed to be a blessing. In Christ Jeff

Antonia Maritima

commented on Jul 8, 2017

Excellent! The take aways--with the numbered fingers--will send the congregation with a clear message of Jesus's love for us. So important!

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jul 25, 2017

Thank-you for taking time to post and for your kind words. May you be a blessing to all those that God places in your life. Your brother in the faith. Jeff

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