Tuesday, October 4, 2016

John 2

John 2:1-11 – Jesus Turned Water to Wine

Jesus went to a wedding in Galilee where His mother and the disciples had been invited.  A problem occurred.  They ran out of wine.  Jesus’ mother said, “They have no more wine.”  Jesus asked “why do you involve me?  My time has not yet come.”  Then His mother told the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.  Jesus told the servants to draw water and take it to the master of the banquet.  When the master tasted it, it had been turned into wine.  Everyone thought it was the choice wine and they had saved the best for last. This was Jesus’ first miracle and now His glory had been revealed.  His disciples put their faith in Him.  (John 2:1-11) 

In those days a wedding celebration went on for a week and it would be very embarrassing to run out of wine.  When they ran out of wine, Mary wasn’t afraid to ask Jesus to fix the situation.  She had faith that He would take care of it.  She took the problem to Him.  Unlike some of us, she didn’t try to fix the problem herself.  We learn that we can take everything to Jesus, even the smallest things.  We don’t have to be fearful.  He will take care of all our needs.  We also learn of Jesus’ compassion and kindness.

When Jesus said His time had not yet come, He was referring to the cross.  There would be a time in His future when He would be arrested and taken to the cross to die for all.  Until then He had a ministry to do.

This miracle of turning water to wine shows His divine power and glory.  He cared for this family and He cares about everyone of us and our concerns.  This started off Jesus’ ministry showing His benevolence, kindness, and understanding.  When the disciples saw Jesus’ glory revealed, they put their faith in Him.  He preformed many miracles while in Jerusalem and many people believed.

What miracle has God done in your life?
How can you show concern and kindness to others? 

John 2:12-25 – Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Jesus went to Capernaum with His mother, brothers, and disciples where they stayed a few days.  It was almost time for the Jewish Passover so Jesus went into Jerusalem to the temple.  There in the temple courts were men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and other exchanging money.  They were selling because the people needed an animal at the Passover to celebrate when the Lord passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared their first born.  Jesus was very angry and made a whip and He drove all of them out of the temple.  “Get out of here!  How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”  The Jews asked Jesus, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?  Jesus answered them, Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” (John 2:12-22.  Of course they didn’t understand what He meant.  He was talking about His certification and resurrection.  They would kill Him and He would be raised to life after three days.

Jesus showed His human side here and we learn a lesson about anger.   It’s ok to be angry for the right reasons, when it something against God.  Jesus’ anger was controlled anger.  He didn’t just burst out in anger.   He took time and made a whip.   A lot of time we get angry and don’t stop and think.  We just let go with a burst of unkind angry words.

What does Jesus need to drive out of your life?
Where have you seen tolerance in the church and what does Jesus want you to do about it?

The prophecy Malachi 3 is fulfilled in John 2.  “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me.  Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come…..he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver….”Malachi 3:1-4.

They asked Him for a sign to prove His authority.  Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”John 2:19.  He was talking about Himself and His crucifixion.  He is the temple they would destroy.  He would rise again in three days.  This was a sign of His authority.  He is divine and powerful and cannot be destroyed.  Their asking Him for a sign only showed their unbelief and rebellion against Him.

How do you rebel against God?
Where do you need Jesus to confirm His authority over your life?

A believer’s body is the temple of God because He dwells in us.  Luke 11:13 tell us He will give us His Spirit if we only ask.  Romans 8:9 tell us we are controlled not by our sinful nature but by the Spirit that lives in us.  Ephesians 1:13-14 tell us we are marked in Him with a seal of the Holy Spirit.  1 John 4:11-13 tell us we live in Him and He lives in us, because He’s given us His Spirit.

Jesus didn’t trust Himself to the people of Jerusalem because He knew men’s hearts.  They would believe his miracles and would follow Him 1 day and be against Him the next. (John 2:23-25).  People are like that today.  They follow Him when it suits them and their needs.  When life is going like they want, they forget Jesus and live for themselves.

Are you a true believer or is you faith superficial?
Are you a Sunday Christian and then do whatever you want during the week?

This chapter shows many attributes or character traits of Jesus.    He is all powerful (verses 1-11, changed water into wine).  He judges (verse 16).  He is Omniscient (verse 25, knows all things).

Next week we will study John 3.  We will discuss what it means to be “born again”.  Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site.  Hope to see you here next time.

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