Summary: When Jesus turned water into wine, He demonstrated to us how we can experience a supernatural, extraordinary life.
COME AND SEE #3: SIGN #1: JESUS TURNS WATER INTO WINE
REVIEW: So far in the Gospel of John, we have gone through the first chapter. We have seen Jesus the Word come into the world, John the Baptist witness to Him, and the first few disciples.
• We discussed how John paints a picture of Jesus through seven I am claims and miracles:
INTRO TO THE SEVEN MIRACLE SIGNS:
Miracles in John are referred to as signs. The signs are given to confirm the deity of Jesus.
1. The first miracle of our Lord is the changing of water into wine (2:1-11).
2. The second sign is the healing of the nobleman's son (4:46-51).
3. The third sign is the healing of the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda (5:1-9).
4. The fourth miracle is the feeding of the five thousand (6:1-14).
5. The fifth miracle is Jesus walking on water in a storm (6:15-21).
6. The sixth miracle is the healing of the blind man (9:1-7).
7. The seventh miracle is raising Lazarus from the dead (11:1-44).
JESUS TURNS WATER INTO WINE:
In this passage with Jesus turning water into wine, the main thrust of the passage isn’t whether or not it’s okay to drink alcohol, but since it’s here before us, let’s address it anyway:
NEGATIVE REFERENCES TO DRINKING ALCOHOL IN THE BIBLE:
Gen. 9:24: Noah got drunk and ended up naked
Gen. 19:31-34: Lot got drunk and slept with his daughters
Lev. 10:9: Aaron and the priests were told not to drink wine
Num. 6:3: a Nazarite was told not to drink wine
Judges 13: Samson was told not to drink wine
Prov. 31:4: Kings were told not to drink wine
Dan. 1:8: Daniel was commended for not drinking wine
John 1:15: John the Baptist was told not to drink wine or strong drink
Isaiah 5:11-12: Those who drink all day don’t care for the things of God
Prov. 20:1: “Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led
astray by it is not wise.”
Prov. 21:17b: “He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.”
“29 Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30 It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. 31 Don't let the sparkle and smooth taste of wine deceive you. 32 For in the end it bites like a poisonous serpent; it stings like a viper. 33 You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. 34 You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. 35 And you will say, "They hit me, but I didn't feel it. I didn't even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can have another drink?"” (NLT).
STATS ON ALCOHOL USE AND ABUSE:
• Annually more than 100,000 deaths in the US are caused by excessive alcohol use.
• Nearly half of all fatal car crashes are alcohol-related.
• Among Canadians 15 years and older, the prevalence of past-year alcohol use was 78.0%.
• Alcohol-related harm includes chronic diseases (such as cirrhosis of the liver and some cancers), acute events (such as road crashes, violence, disability and death) and addiction.