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John 2:1-11

Holding Forth the Word of Life

Manifesting His Glory

Life BPC Service I & II, 28 January 2018

Text: John 2:1-11

 

  • John’s statement of purpose: And many other signs (or, miracles) truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name (John 20:30-31). The 1st miracle which Jesus did in Cana manifested His glory and proved that He indeed was the Christ, the Messiah and the Son of God.

 

  1. Jesus’ Humanity
  • The 1st miracle which Jesus did happened when He and His disciples were guests at a wedding in Cana. It was a low-key miracle in an obscure village.
  • By His attendance at the wedding, Jesus places His stamp of approval on the marriage covenant. Marriage is honourable in the sight of God (Hebrews 13:4); and the Saviour sanctifies the marriage relationship by gracing the occasion, not just by His presence but with His 1st His presence and blessing are essential to a happy marriage.
  • Jesus was invited to the wedding feast, and He went with His disciples. He was no anti-social, no killjoy. True Christianity is not meant to make one gloomy, sad and miserable but to increase real joy. There are times when it is lawful to rejoice (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4).
  • Jesus chose to participate in this common, routine, everyday occasion. An ordinary setting became the showcase for His supernatural power and glory. He magnified the ordinary things of life. Jesus was accessible and approachable (Luke 7:36; 19:1-10; Matthew 19:14).
  • After all those years of obscurity, Jesus manifested Himself not as the son of Mary, but as the Son of God. Yet God in Jesus is found in the commonplace and in the ordinary. Our Saviour is lowly, humble and ever condescending! His glory shone through in His wonderful humanity as He attended to the ordinary affairs of His creation. He was God made flesh!

 

  1. Jesus’ Mission
  • As the wedding celebrations proceeded, somehow the wine began to run out which would be a great embarrassment to the bridal couple and their families. Mary, who was also at the feast, solicited the Lord’s help to solve the problem. Jesus’ reply to His mother’s request was meant to show Mary, that though she was His mother, as He was man, yet Mary was His creature, because He was also God. The focus of Jesus’ whole life and mission was the accomplishment of the salvation plan of His Heavenly Father in the Father’s time (John 4:34). Jesus’ glory is clearly shown in His obedience to God, His Heavenly Father, as He prepares to go the way of the cross.
  • Mary’s response to Jesus’ reproof is praiseworthy.
  • Meekness of Mary in submitting to the gentle rebuke from the Lord – she recognised Jesus’ right to act as He pleased and left the matter entirely in His hands.
  • Confident expectation and faith of Mary - she directed the servants to do what Jesus said. Whatsoever Christ says, let us obey and do it.
  • In turning to Jesus in her emergency, Mary shows us where to go with our troubles as they arise (1 Peter 5:7; Hebrews 4:14-16). The Lord of glory is here a servant. He came not to be ministered but to minister (Psalm 113). Jesus’ mission began at a wedding in Cana and ended on the cross of Calvary, and His glory was manifested by both.

 

  1. Jesus’ Divinity
  • Our Lord miraculously changed the water in the 6 waterpots into wine. He simply willed the change and it took place. Not even a word was uttered; no means of any kind were employed, but the silent putting forth of His will is all that was needed to change water into wine! He who could do such a mighty work was nothing less than the very God.
  • The governor of the feast was greatly impressed when he tasted the wine. When Jesus changed the water into wine, He did so liberally. He gave the best, not the least. This passage does not justify drinking (Proverbs 20:1; Romans 14:17-19,21).
  • This 1st miracle marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.
  • The 1st miracle or sign revealed the glory of Jesus – He was the Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
  • The disciples’ faith was strengthened by the miracle. From this time forth, they believed more confidently in Jesus as the Messiah.

 

Questions for Reflection

  1. What other aspects of Jesus’ nature are seen in this 1st miracle?
  2. Mary told the servants, “whatsoever he (Jesus) saith unto you, do it.” In what areas of your life do you need Jesus to be in control?
  3. What does it mean for you to put your faith in Jesus? How has your life changed because of this?

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

February 18 & 25 - Fruit of Obedience

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:10