Summary: Sometimes our rituals and ceremonies can become cold stone pots.It is never enough. Then Jesus takes man’s efforts and rewards people with His presence!
NOT ENOUGH, THERE JUST ISN’T ENOUGH --- COLD STONE WATER POTS?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
A. We walk in some perilous times. Trust God! Nothing will catch Him
B. There are many laws of nature. What goes up, must come down.
If you sow today, don’t expect to reap tomorrow.
You reap in proportion to what you sow.
You reap what you sow.
C. WE ALSO KNOW A VERY CLEAR LAW:
THE LAW OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND...
WHEN YOU RUN OUT --- YOU ARE EMPTY.
D. IN NEW TESTAMENT TIMES A WEDDING WAS CELEBRATED FOR 7 DAYS.
During these 7 days the families came together and got to know one another. The family tree was discussed.
E. My dad always said:
DON’T SHAKE THE FAMILY TREE TOO HARD --- NUTS WILL FALL OUT.
John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
II. IT WAS A GOOD THING THIS GROOM AND BRIDE HAD INVITED JESUS AND MARY
TO THEIR WEDDING.
A. By Jesus attending the wedding He shows his approval on the marriage and the family.
B. I am not sure if the Bride’s side or the Groom’s side invited Jesus, but which ever side did sure saved the FACE AND REPUTATION OF THEIR FAMILY.
C. It is always good to invite Jesus.
Don’t ever be caught in a place that Jesus would not go!
III. THE YOUNG COUPLE RUNS INTO A SERIOUS PROBLEM BEFORE THE HONEYMOON
IS OVER --- THE TALK OF THE TOWN WILL BE HOW BAD THIS WEDDING WAS!
A. This will be a SOCIAL MOCKERY that this young couple will never live down.
B. WHY? WHY DID THEY RUN OUT OF WINE?
Was this POOR PLANNING?
Did more guest than they expected show up?
C. Did some of the NUTS SHOW UP?
D. DID THE CAPACITY OF THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO EAT AND DRINK EXCEED
THE EXPECTATIONS? Did everybody not eat before they came?
IV. MARY --- JESUS’S MOTHER WAS VERY OBSERVANT --- MARY WHISPERS IN
HER SONS EAR --- JESUS THIS IS SO EMBARASSING THEY ARE RUNNING
OUT --- THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH...
John 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him,
They have no wine.
A. This might have been some of Mary’s family?
Whatever the case --- Mary had compassion WHEN SHE SAW THEY DIDN’T
B. Mary didn’t go speak to the Bride or the Groom?
Mary didn’t go speak to the GOVERNOR?
C. Mary talked to THE SON OF GOD --- JESUS!
V. MARY HAD SOME KIND OF SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION AS SHE HAD A SWEET
CONFIDENCE IN HER SON --- IT WAS MORE THAN WHEN SHE REALIZED THERE
WAS NOT ENOUGH... MARY GIVES SOUND ADVICE ---
A. THERE WAS 6 STONE WATER POTS. THESE WATER POTS WERE USED IN
CEREMONIAL JEWISH RITUAL CLEANSING.
In seven days the wedding party had not only drained the wine vat, they had drained the water pots.
B. Mary not only saw the need --- MARY BROUGHT THE NEED TO JESUS’ ATTENTION BY VERBALIZING IT TO JESUS.
Mary doesn’t talk any more to Jesus ...
VI. THE EMPTY STONE WATER POTS SILENTLY TESTIFY OF THE OLD, HARD,
RIGID LAW OF THE OLD TESTAMENT. THE LAW’S REQUIREMENTS WOULD
LAUNCH A NEW FREEDOM AND JOY IN THE CAMP OF NOT ENOUGH!
John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, DO IT!