Feb. 20, 2017

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Reading along with us in John? Here’s today’s reading:

John 2 (ESV)

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water…” Continue Reading

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  1. Jesus’ first miracle, turning water into wine, displays the power He had over the material world (John 1:1-4). The six stone water jars were 20-30 gallons each (120-180 gallons total) and were filled to the brim with water. By filling these “jars”, it’s clear there is nothing being added to the water to make this miracle humanly possible.

    The normal fermentation process takes time. It’s not like Kool-Aid, right? Jesus not only creates wine from water, he creates the best wine instantly – all to manifested His glory (John 2:11)!

    This miracle, along with Jesus saying “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19), reveals the symbolic nature of Jesus’ teaching. There is often so much more being said than what we might see at first glance.

  2. I’m reading through the gospel of John here, but also reading separately on my own, so I’ll comment on both!

    John 2: What stands out to me today are two things – one, that Jesus did this miracle to “manifest His glory.” That’s what miracles are for! They reveal God’s glory. In the gospels, we’ll see Jesus do the most incredible miracles, and people are wowed and want more. Huge crowds are following Him, seeking healings, casting out of demons, and other great signs of wonder. But when He calls them to discipleship, to follow Him, to obey His commandments, their responses vary. Even those who are disciples for a time walk away when what He asks of them is “too hard.” Is my faith and obedience contingent on what I’m seeing? What I’m “getting”? Or will I persevere in faith and obedience even when the valley is deep and dark, and my “miracle” isn’t coming? Praise God!

    The second thing is related to this – in John 2:23-25, we see that Jesus knows what’s in our hearts, and does not entrust Himself to those whose faith is fickle (contingent on seeing signs, for example).

    I also read Psalm 73 this afternoon, and the Lord is tying John 2 in for me. The psalmist is lamenting about the prosperity and pride of the wicked, who mock God and His people. His own circumstances are looking bleak, and he’s feeling really down and out, chastened, stricken, embittered, troubled. Pondering (dwelling on) the unfairness of what he sees. He’s in a really bad place spiritually. But then! Then he chose to go “into the sanctuary of God” (to worship!) and his eyes are opened to see God’s grace and favor on him! I love this last line: “But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” He is so incredibly satisfied, filled up, and overflowing with love for God. What a change! “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” I want to worship God in the darkest valley even as I worship Him on the mountaintop. Even when my circumstances don’t reflect God’s “favor,” God has not changed!

  3. About complaining – I was deeply convicted by Pastor Peter’s messages on complaining. It is so easy to fall into the trap of complaining, criticizing and seeing the negative instead of seeing and appreciating the multitude of blessings God has bestowed. I found a 10 day bible plan on the YouVersion bible app – The 10-Day Word Fast. This study is helping me to tame my thoughts and tongue.

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