Water to wine

Water to wine
Text: John 2:1-11
Key Points from the Bible
V6 - Nearby stood six stone water
jars, the kind used by the Jews for
ceremonial washing, each holding
from twenty to thirty gallons.

Water to wine Notions to be dispelled: • Issues surrounding alcohol.  As a result of the above notion.  This story in the Bible is not referring to alcohol .  Too much alcohol is a destructive force and when look around there are a lot of evidence. most Christians are interested in saying that Jesus turned water to grape juice.

I will leave that for future discussions. .Water to wine Notions to be dispelled: • The writer of this book did not write about the wedding to exhibit the following:  Jesus blatant disregard for authority.  Although Mary actions can be likened to faith.

• John was written with the assumption that people already knew the facts about Jesus’ life.Water to wine Story review about the book of John: • The book of John is a different sort of Gospel. • There some suggestions that John had be written as a commentary for the first three gospels. .

. what the core message is really all about.  • To understand the Gospel of John is to understand the world of symbols and verses with a smorgasbord of meanings.Water to wine Story review about the book of John: •  John is not looking to tell his readers the happenings in Jesus’ life but the Life of Jesus...

Water to wine Story review about the book of John: •  John is very careful about the materials included in this book. • People are not even aware of the metaphor and symbolism. Christians of today rather place high priority on the details and accounts of the wedding at Cana. .

Water to wine Story review about the book of John: •  Details like:  how dare Jesus to challenge his mum.  People likened the wedding of Cana to a story of empathy and compassion. .

• In fact. all the chapters in John talks about signs and not miracles. • So there is the difference between a sign and miracle.Water to wine Lessons to be Learnt • From V11. John noted this as a first sign Jesus did. . • He does not call it a miracle but a sign.

Water to wine Lessons to be Learnt • So there is the difference between a sign and miracle. eg: Crucifixion of Christ.  Sign: Something that would inform people about what they might expect from this Nazarene. something that would point them toward a deeper meaning.  Miracle: Event or action that contradicts all known natural laws .

. • John saw a man who in this first sign declared himself as an agent of transformation.Water to wine Lessons to be Learnt • The early writers of the gospel did not consider recording the wedding in Cana but were much impressed by other healings and other miracles. • John however recorded this event as a sign.

Water to wine How did Jesus do that transformation One can answer by attaching some importance to items used as symbols: • Water: Signifies life. joy and celebration. Jesus has come to transform the world. Hence Jesus changing wine to water indicates or serves as a sign to clue people on his mission. . • Wine: Brings about abundance.

Water to wine How did Jesus do that transformation • Transformation goes beyond change from bad to good.  . • There is another type of transformation that is modeled at Cana.

Water to wine How did Jesus do that transformation • At Cana. but about making the good even better.  The message of transformation at Cana is not about making the bad good. .  • Water is good. the object of transformation is something that is already good and pure and necessary.

Water to wine What was the about transformation: • Jesus was making a statement about the Law and Judaism.  He converts the ritual water to something is incapable of meeting the requirement. . How?  The jugs that Jesus had filled with water were the water jugs used for ritual purification and washing so that guests could follow Jewish Laws.

good and pure but He came to change the Law to something that was not just necessary but joyful. Formulae for this transformation Law (Water) + through Grace + put God back into it + put love into it = Wine.  .Water to wine The results of this transformation: • Jesus was making a statement about the fact the Law is essential.

gentleness and self-control.  This is not the message about the transformation of the sinner. . nourishing. who treat their neighbor with respect and mercy. and lifesustaining.Water to wine • Jesus gave to the Jews at Cana he also gives to us. •  This is the promise for us whose lives are pretty much on the right track--those with a basic level of faith in God. • This is the promise for us whose lives are really pretty good.  • This is the message for those whose life is like water--good. who live a life of basic moderation.

• It is good that we obey the commandments.   • John 10 v 10b. but there’s more to life with Christ than obedience.  “I came that they might have life. and have it more abundantly.”  .Water to wine Applications of the message: • It is not God’s desire that we live our lives with only a sense of duty and resignation.

Water to wine The message is: • John 10 v 10b.”   It doesn’t mean you’ll never do another task you don’t enjoy.  “I came that they might have life. and have it more abundantly.  But. it does mean. that when the water of our lives becomes wine through the touch of Jesus Christ. . that even the worst circumstances that life can offer have a richness and depth that they never had before.

that water becomes wine as it touches our lips.Water to wine In conclusion.  . • Christian joy springs from realizing that once we have made the decision to drink of the living water of Christ.  • We serve a God whose name is not duty but Love. •  Christian joy does not spring from the same source as the happiness of the world.

Water to wine In conclusion. •   Is there any indication in your life that you serve a God who turns water into wine? Amen!!! .