John 2:1-10 - "And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called and His disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto Him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it. And there was set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece (20-30 gallons).
Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And He saith unto them, Draw out now and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
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.
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."
To any of us who has every married, we realize that it is a time of new beginnings. A time when a man and woman are brought together to no longer be twain, but to be united as one. All the weeks and months of hard work, planning and praying has come together for this one day. If all goes right it is a day of great joy and beauty for the bride, the groom and all who have taken a part in it. Yet, there is a flip side to the coin, for there is always the fear that something will go wrong. Because so much energy has been focused on this one day, the slightest imperfection is magnified many times over.
As we look at our passage today, we see that Jesus has been invited to a wedding at Cana and while He is present the wine runs out. Why had the wine run out? Bad planning? Uninvited guest? We are not enlighten by scripture to know, but one thing is certain...THE WINE HAD RUN OUT! This was a serious situation and a complete embarrass- ment to the wedding party and the family.
A look at this from the surface would seem show just a story of a wedding celebration that was spoiled because they had run out of wine, but there is a deeper spiritual message in this passage today that must be explored.
As closer look reveals that yes the wedding here is an indication of new beginnings and that the wine in the story represents joy and for the Jewish people the honeymoon was over. In short, Judaism had come to the end of itself. Its joy had run out. For you see the Covenant of the Law that could provide so many blessings for the nation of Israel if they could keep it had become a curse because of their sinfulness. It was time for a new beginning! It was time for a new covenant...A Covenant of Grace!
But...Who is Grace, but Jesus Christ!
One thing that we need to recognize is that whenever there is a new beginning there is also the need to invite Jesus in at the start. For when the honeymoon is over, you will need Jesus! During the honeymoon, you will need Jesus! And as the couple in our passage today realized, during the wedding celebration, you will need Jesus!
This wine in our passage was man made, it was temporal, it had to run out because you never can produce enough man-made joy. But Thank God for Jesus who stepped in the nick of time to save the marriage ceremony by turning water into wine.
If we remember nothing else from this note this morning, remember this thought from his mother... "Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it."
What's wrong with so many of our marriages and relations today is that we will not listen to Jesus, the Incarnated Word of God. There is a crisis in our land today...Divorce courts and Jailhouses are running over because of the breakup of the family. WHY? Because we will not obey the voice of Jesus. In the day that you hear my voice, harden not your heart against me.
And what is Jesus telling us to do..."Fill the waterpots with water... Draw out...and bear unto the governor of the feast."
These waterpots were made of stone. They were empty, cold, lifeless and useless of themselves, but Jesus demanded they be filled with water and the servants filled them to the brim (even to overflowing ...Sounds like my cup runneth over!). These pots are a picture of every sinner...empty, dead, lifeless, and useless until Jesus demands His servants that we be filled with the water of life which is a picture of the Holy Spirit. Not only were we filled with the water of life, but Jesus gave us joy and not just a little joy, but joy everlasting. We have now been set free from the depending on man made joy, for this joy that I have the world did not give it to me. The world didn't give it and the world can't take it away.
The governor of the feast is our passage, of course, is a picture of God. As empty pots we shall not be acceptable to God or have any use in the work of God until we have been filled with the Holy Spirit. Then shall we bear fruit for Him, be acceptable to Him and be of use to Him.
Why talk about a wedding today? Well, for many this morning the man- made joy (happiness) of our jobs, our cars, our homes, our marriages and etc. have run out. It's time for a new beginning! We need God in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ to replenish our joy, but not with the man-made stuff that will soon run out. We, the empty water pots, need a filling of the Holy Spirit, even to overflowing! For it is this spiritual joy that shall never run out.
Praise God for Jesus who is the center of our joy. For all that is good and perfect depends on Him. Truly, He is the joy of my salvation and the hope for all that we do. Jesus is the center of my joy.
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