Summary: “There are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone”. (1 Cor. 12:6)
Theme: The workings of God
Text: Is. 62:1-5; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Jn. 2:1-11
Introduction: God reveals His presence through His power and work. As a guest at a wedding feast in Cana Christ’s presence led to a miracle that left no doubt about His power. He intervened when the couple were about to be disgraced because the wine had run out. Marriage is very important to God and not only did human history begin with a marriage ceremony and end with another, Jesus used the occasion of a marriage ceremony to perform His first miracle. On this occasion Christ’s manifested His power to ensure that the joy and blessedness of marriage were kept intact. This miracle not only revealed the presence of the Messiah but also the compassion and workings of God.
Step One: The works of God
a) Identify Christ as the Messiah
The works of God serve as a sign to identify Christ as the Messiah. A sign points the way, draws attention to or gives information. Today we all rely on signs to give us information or point us in the right direction. A miracle is a supernatural sign that points to Christ, draws attention to Him and gives information about Him.
b) Reveal His love and compassion
Supernatural signs are important and do not only identify the person but also reveals the nature of the person. The purpose of the miracle of Cana was not only to identify Jesus as the Messiah but also to reveal His love and compassion and His willingness to meet their need.
c) Reveal the way to life
The miracles of Christ point to His person to reveal the way to life. They lead people to have faith that He is able to meet their need. The greatest need of every person is the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life and this is only possible through belief in Christ, the Son of God.
Illustration: The first sign of turning water into wine fulfils many Old Testament prophecies about the Messianic age when wine would flow freely. In Isaiah 55:1 the prophet declares “everyone who thirst come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”. He talks about a time when everyone shall see the glory of the Lord and this is repeated by Amos in the words “the time is surely coming, says the Lord, when the one who ploughs shall overtake the one who reaps, and the treader of grapes the one who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit”. At weddings the responsibility for providing the wine is left to the bridegroom and Christ, as the bridegroom, uses the occasion to announce the birth of the Messianic age by turning water into wine.
Application: Jesus used the occasion of the wine shortage to reveal God’s plan of salvation and redemption. Just as He changed an embarrassing situation of lack into abundance so He can change your situation today.