Modern day theology and the church has forgotten how to defend herself .
It’s called apologetics , defending the gospel
You see when you say I apologize, what you are actually doing is defending your position.
I apologize , I normally wouldn’t say anything but…..
So today in our era of fake news and bad information we want concrete data, we don’t know who or what we should trust anymore we need to see it for ourselves
We need to take moment of silence ,
Because the days of blind faith are dead, they are over .
People have lost faith , what Jesus did 2000 years ago can’t be substantiated with selfies and videos it is disregarded as flawed.
This is generation is who Jesus was speaking of
Matthew 16 : 1The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3“And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? 4“An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.
That the only sign would be the resurrection, He wouldn’t be speaking to the generation who hadn’t see the resurrection, but to the generation who wanted to see more.
Matthew Mark and Luke all recorded Jesus miracles, but it is John where he was producing signs and evidence
This generation right now are those who seek a sign .
Because we want it proved to us that Jesus is from Heaven
Something anything to prove that Jesus is God , the Messiah
Out of the 7 signs recorded in Johns Gospel,
The very first one comes about without any fanfare any new reports
No drama or spectacle
Take the feed of the 5000, there is this great back story
John6:2 A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick
So many people had followed Him because of His signs the estimates where 15,0000 to this way out of the place location ,on the other side of the sea of Galilee
Now they had a big problem they needed to feed them and a boy with two fish and 5 loaves of bread provided the drama
But the Miracle at Cana has none of these back stories, or drama it was without any notice,
But if you ask anyone to name a miracle and the first one they point to , that most people are fascinated with is when Jesus turned water into wine
John 2:1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” 6Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. 8And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. 9When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom, 10and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”11This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
3When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.
This has to be the most overlooked , misinterpreted verses in the Bible,
And it speaks to all of us
How many of you are guilty of not doing this very thing?
You have invited Jesus into your lives , you even put Him in a place of honor
And with Jesus standing right in the middle of your problems and you don’t turn to Him
You say nothing
This wasn’t a code red situation yet Mary didn’t hesitate
I think that verse 5 answers the question why
John 2:5His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it
4000 thousand churches, 1500 pastors per year end their service
congregations are shrinking because of John 2:5 they don’t do what Jesus
People don’t want to be told what to do
I wonder what happen today if Mary called out the same words
Where have all the servants gone? Or that’s not my Job
The heart of every Christian must be the desire to serve .
Matthew 20:28even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
John2:6 Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim.
What they don’t tell you is these pots were pretty spent
They jars were dirty , they were heavy , and they had already been used for washing the Pharisee’s hands , just waiting to be dumped .
But Jesus didn’t see what they were, He didn’t see the dirt or even what they had become ,
What God see in you is not what we were months and years ago , He doesn’t see you as what you are today He sees what you will turn into
You notice he didn’t say clean them , wash them up , dump them out .
He took the dirty water , water which was pretty much useless , wasn’t even suitable for consumption , it had lost its purpose, the pots that were already dirty.
You see Jesus will take you just as you are he doesn’t want you to try to clean yourself up and make yourself pure
This is the best part , that’s His job
We have so many people killing themselves literally killing themselves try to measure up
Jesus didn’t tell the servant to dump them and start over , but fill them
We need to fill people with Hope , we need to fill people with love we need to let people know that regardless of how people used you before Jesus wants you just the way you are
But I bet you didn’t see this coming
These jars were used for by the religious for religious rituals cleansing
Did you notice, He never prayed, He never laid hands on it , or speak to it ,
But what is amazing is that this was His opening act , this is the way He began His ministry and it would be the way He ended it
John 19:28After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.” 29A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
It is finished, the only thing left to do now is surrender, surrender to His presence in your life.