Wine and Dine

John 2:1-11
1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4″Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[a] 7Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” 11This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

I. Statement of Focus

Recently as a congregation we have been studying the PILLAR of fellowship.

In John 2 we see how Jesus fellowships with his disciples, close friends, and family.

At the same time many scholars find a lot of significance in this passage in regards to the Lord’s Supper.

Many see the wine to be an allusion to blood of Christ and the Lord’s Supper.

II. Digging In

From the text, I notice a few things about our Lord:

1) Jesus goes to parties

This is a Jesus that is just HANGING OUT

No plans for healing people

No plans for preaching

No plans for studying with anyone

No plans for discipling people

Just Hanging

2) Jesus does favors

This is amazing. I get the feeling he knew he could do miracles, but he had never done one before.

If you were the Messiah, what would your first miracle be?

I bet Jesus put a lot of time into thinking about what his first miracle would be.

A significant Healing – Herod’s child

A well timed Feeding – Half-time at the Gladiator fights

An intimate Resurrection – A relative of the Chief Priest

A prominent Conversion – like blinding Saul

Now his mom wants him to do something about the wine at a party

And he does her a favor!

3) Jesus provides generously

Six Huge Water Jars – each containing 20-30 gallons

That comes to about 24 Cubic Feet

That is the capacity of a large freezer chest

6′ x 2.5′ x 3′

FULL OF WINE

That’s generous

And I don’t get the feeling this was HIS friend, but rather a friend of the family (or of his mom)

4) Jesus provides quality — Quantity AND Quality

This isn’t just wine, but the BEST wine

III. Upward Call

Let me pose a few questions:

How do you think Jesus views you?
Do you feel like he wants to have FUN with you?
Do you feel like he wants to do you FAVORS?
Do you feel like he is GENEROUS with you?
Do you feel like he doesn’t just want you to be happy but have QUALITY in your life.

Let me share personally how this passage challenges me:

Do I think that Jesus wants to have Fun with me?
No. I feel like he puts up with me.

Do I feel like Jesus wants to do me Favors?
No. Wouldn’t that be unfair to others?

Do I feel like Jesus is Generous to me?
I feel he has been very good to me – BUT to be honest, he has made me WORK HARD FOR IT

Do I feel like Jesus wants me to have Quality in my life?
As much as I wish I could say Yes, I wrestle with this quite a bit. 

IV. Prayer
Note: The Ushers should be informed that there will be two prayers

Prayer for Bread

Thanks for Jesus – A friend

Who does us favors

and is Generous with us

not just in quantity but also in Quality

Help us to accept him for who he really is in this story.

Prayer for Wine

Thank you Father that Jesus made a LOT of wine

Thanks that he poured out ALL of his blood

Thanks that it was the BEST blood, untarnished, sinless…good enough to forgive our sins.

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