Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin

The phrase “My hour” or “His hour” in John’s gospel, points to the cross.

JOH 7:30 So they were seeking to seize Him; and no man laid his hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.

The Old Testament associated the third day with resurrection.

Guest Speaker: Pastor John Farley
Tuesday,
October 28, 2008

PHI 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

JER 9:24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the Lord.

Transforming water into wine
Halting trade in the temple.

The water at Cana was contained in jars used for Jewish purification rights.
The Jerusalem temple was the central Jewish sanctuary.

HEB 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

The empty water jars and the lack of wine speak of the emptiness of religion at Christ’s coming. It had been 400 years since the last miracle from the Lord.

We must consider the meaning of these two events in light of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The presence of Jesus’ mother at Cana and at the cross (in fact the only times she appears in John’s Gospel) reinforces the idea that the glory manifested in the wine and in Jesus’ death must be understood together.

The divine favor revealed by His gift of wine was a prelude to the gift of His own life.

What a transformation occurred between the crucifixion and the resurrection!

Signs leading to belief in TLJC leading to life.

John said that the aim of his Gospel was to present Jesus as the promised Messiah of the Old Testament and the unique Son of God.

His primary means of revealing Him as the divine Messiah was the seven sign miracles and the teaching which accompanied them, all of which are recorded in chapters 2-12 of the Gospel, commonly referred to as the Book of Signs.

Chapters 2-4 , the Cana Cycle, present Jesus Christ as the life-giving Messiah who grants eternal life to those who believe.

John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God
(John 1:36).

Certain disciples had called him the Messiah foretold in the Law and the prophetic writings (JOH 1:41,45).

Nathanael acclaimed Jesus as the Son of God, and the King of Israel – titles traditionally associated with the Davidic Messiah
(JOH 1:49).

John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God (John 1:36).

Certain disciples had called him the Messiah foretold in the Law and the prophetic writings (JOH 1:41,45).

JOE 3:18 And in that day The mountains will drip with sweet wine,

The wine miracle simply confirms the disciples’ earlier confession of faith in Jesus as the Messiah.

MAT 3:11 “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

These first disciples had already believed in Him, because they followed Him.

There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (water), and then there is the Messiah who ushers in the Kingdom (wine).

These disciples needed a sign to confirm and strengthen their faith. They needed to know that this Jesus turns water into wine.

The One who made the refined wine pour abundantly , John prepared His way, the Spirit descended on Him, and this One, THIS ONE is our Messiah and our King!

We have the water of the word of God.

The Holy Spirit uses divine power to transform the water of the word of God into the wine of the fruit of the Spirit.

It is only God the Holy Spirit that can cause a man to rejoice with a joy unspeakable and full of glory.

We obey in the natural realm, and God moves in the supernatural realm.

Christianity is the only thing that can deal with utterly desperate situations.

It is usually not until we are at the end of ourselves that we begin to realize His life in us!

God uses the wilderness (the no water, no wine situation) to teach us the importance of our utter dependence on Him.

EPH 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

The Holy Spirit moves upon the waters and produces the wine of the dynamic spiritual life.

The Spirit turned the water of the Gospel words into the wine of eternal life.

When God’s miraculous power touches anyone, it entirely changes the whole person.

Christianity is not something you add to your life. It is something that totally transforms you!

 

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