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Summary: Did Jesus live on earth as an illusive, anti-social recluse who hardly cracked a smile? Did He just tolerate people, or did He enjoy socializing?

Jesus, The Social Messiah

(John 2:1-12)

Questions: Did Jesus live on earth as an illusive, anti-social recluse who hardly cracked a smile? Did He just tolerate people, or did He enjoy socializing?

We can find the answer to these questions in our text, as well as a few applications for our own lives.

I. The Miracle Itself

1. Background: the nature of wedding celebrations, wine

2. Jesus’ violation of etiquette

3. Nature of Mary’s request, Isaiah 25:6

4. My theory of the "missing gleam" in His eye....

5. The miracle worked and recognized....

II. The Dual Purpose of This Miracle

1. Number one: to be a ___BLESSING_______________to others

2. Number two: to serve as a _____SIGN________and provoke faith from the 5 disciples

III. Jesus Exemplified How to Bless Others through Relating to and Enjoying People

---5 qualities of a person who knows how to enjoy people....

1. A ____RELAXED_________________attitude (comfortable with people)

---NOT PRETENDING, which takes energy

--Socializing is ENERGIZING & SATISFYING, but pretending/uptightness is DRAINING

2. A willingness to ______ACCOMODATE___________________others, within boundaries

3. ________CONTRIBUTING________________ to the event (food, etc.)

4. Looking to make another look good or save face: ________CONSIDERATION_____________________

5. A home open for ______HOSPITALITY__________________(12)


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