Summary: ~This wine that Jesus created looked, smelled, and tasted exceptionally good, this wine had a stronger body, and better flavor than ordinary wine, but I personally think you couldn't have gotten drunk on it if you'd drank it all. -- Jesus came to save
John 2:1-11 JESUS TURNS WATER INTO WINE 6-8-13
Today I want to talk for a few minutes about the 1st eleven verses here in John 2:1-11, here we're told that this was Jesus first miracle, He turned water into wine.
As I was putting this together I read the story about a man that use to stay drunk all the time, his family would have to go without the basic necessities to get by on, but one day he was saved and became a vocal witness for Jesus.
One of his old so called drinking buddies trying to poke fun at him asks him, "Do you believe that Jesus turned water into wine?"
And his reply was "I certainly do, in my home, He has turned wine into furniture, and decent clothes, and food for my wife and children".
>2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
~This wine that Jesus created looked, smelled, and tasted exceptionally good, this wine had a stronger body, and better flavor than ordinary wine, but I personally think you couldn't have gotten drunk on it if you'd drank it all. --
Jesus came to save drunks, not make drunks.
~ I remember years ago that an acquaintance of mine found a passage in the O.T. that he thought said it was alright to drink strong drink.
>Proverbs 31:6-7 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, -- this is telling about a person that's on his death bed, he's ready to perish; here a medicinal meaning is implied.
-- and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. -- 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
~Common senses tells us that if a person is going to drink something that's going to cause him to forget, and to not be able to remember his misery, then he must be stone drunk.
> Proverbs 23: 29-32 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? -- who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. 32At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
~ I have the remedy for the folks that are not sure if it's wrong to take an occasional drink or not; just don't drink any thing that contains alcohol at all.
~Listen -- if it takes 10 beers to make you drunk, and you drink only 1, guess what, your 1/10th drunk.
ƒÞ LISTEN as I read verses 1-11 of John 2:
>1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
~~ CANA was about 8 miles from Nazareth, and the disciple Nathaniel was from CANA, so it's highly probable that Nathaniel knew the couple being married. -- also let me point out that Nathaniel & Bartholomew are thought to be the same person, here in Johns gospel Bartholomew is never mentioned, but the other three gospels name Bartholomew and never Nathaniel, so it's probable that Bartholomew and Nathaniel are the same person.
~ Also In the entire Bible, CANA is mentioned only in the Gospel of John.
CANA was a town that was in the allotted territory of the tribe of Asher, (Jos. 19:28), it was located near the city of Sidon,- Zidon of which, Jacob on his death bed in Gen.49:20 prophesied that "he (Asher) shall yield royal dainties."
~ And here in John 2: we're reading about this wedding feast in Cana of Asher, with ROYAL WINE, created by the Lord Jesus Himself.
~ Christ began to work miracles in an obscure corner of the country, remote from Jerusalem, to show that he sought not honor from men
>>verse 1 again; 1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
~~ The mother of Jesus is said to already be there, and not to be called as Jesus and his disciples were, which seems to point out that she was there helping with the preparations, it's possible that Mary was related to the couple getting married, -- Mary's husband Joseph is not mentioned, evidently he had already passed away.
>2And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
~Jesus was not yet well known; He had worked no miracles as yet, it was not likely that He was invited because the people knew who He was, it was probably His relationship with Mary that brought about the invitation.