Summary: 6 of 6. Jesus turned water to wine in order to initiate/call attention to/set apart His public ministry. Where is Jesus heralded as God’s Anointed? or Why turn water into wine? God’s Anointed is heralded on the stage of...
WATER To WINE—Declaring God's Anointed-VI—John 2:1-12
When we bypass Jesus’ glory, we bypass Jesus’ blessing. Our lives become meaningless & joyless...Our work laborious & pointless. Our relationships fleeting & distant.
Jesus turned water to wine in order to initiate/call attention to/set apart His public ministry.
Jesus is set apart as God’s Anointed.
Where is Jesus set apart as God’s Anointed?
8 stages for heralding upon which God’s Anointed is heralded.
Previously we have found that God’s Anointed is heralded on the stage of....
6. TRANSFORMATION, SUPERIORITY, & JOY(:9-10)
‘RESULT’...Subdivided into CONFIRMATION(:11) & ATTRACTION(:12)
7—God’s Anointed is heralded on the stage of...
:11—“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, & manifested His glory; & His disciples believed in Him.”
Changing water into wine was Jesus’ first “sign.” This initial “sign” predicated future signs.
Given that these are “signs,” they are not empty displays for impression’s sake, nor are they mere displays of compassion(Jesus never performed miracles apart from their aiding others), but they are specifically meant to point to/“manifest” Jesus’ “glory.”
Jesus manifested a particular “glory” which spoke of His character, motivation
This & other “signs” would be in answer to Jesus’ statement to Nathanael in 1:50-51.
Because of this “beginning of signs”, those who were already Jesus’ followers/disciples believed in him. They had believed enough to be His “disciples” before the sign, but the sign must have confirmed, cemented, expanded, & progressed their faith.
“Beginning”(See :10—prwton)—arch—1) Beginning, origin; 2) The person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader; 3) That by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause; 4) The extremity of a thing; 5) The first place, principality, rule, magistracy. Strong—(properly abstract)--A commencement, or concretely--Chief(in various applications of order, time, place, or rank).
“Signs”—shmeion—1) A sign, mark, token—1a) That by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others & is known, 1b) A sign, prodigy, portent, i.e. An unusual occurrence, transcending the common course of nature. Strong—An indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally.
“Did”—poiew—1)To make; 2) To do. Poiew - denotes “To do”, prassw - "to practice"; poiew to designate performance, prassw intended, earnest, habitual, performance; poiew to denote merely productive action, prassw definitely directed action; poiew to point to the action result, prassw to the scope & character of the result. Strong—To make or do(in a very wide application, more or less direct).