Speaker: Pastor Joe Sugrue
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
“The mother of Jesus was there” is in the imperfect tense, = she had been there since the beginning of the wedding feast.
The HS will convict you to take certain invitations that might make you a little uncomfortable. RFHC = “Law of Supreme Sacrifice.”
She is telling Jesus and these disciples to leave, in fact for everyone to leave because there is no more wine and the ceremony cannot be followed, otherwise the bride and groom are going to be in a very embarrassing situation.
“Woman,” gune. = a very strong rebuke. He doesn’t say “mother,” He says “woman.”
Everything Jesus said during His lifetime He said either from His deity, His humanity, or His hypostatic union. This reply came from His deity.
He said, “What is this to you and me?”
The quick rebuke is going to get Mary’s eyes off a worldly detail and by means of the faith rest drill get them back onto Jesus’ mission.
The rebuke, as is so often from God when He rebukes us, is to drive us to the faith-rest technique.
All rebuke from God is to stimulate the faith-rest technique — as well as rebound.
When Mary heard this rebuke she was stimulated immediately and switched from human viewpoint to the faith-rest principle.
The miracles of Jesus were designed to focus attention on the cross that was to come. To focus attention on who and what Jesus Christ is.
He has come not simply to provide wine and therefore to save the day, (which He does), but He has come to leave His calling card to the human race. His calling card is a miracle.
She had no idea how He was going to present His calling card but she knew that something was about to happen and she had all the faith-rest in the world at this moment.
At this point she brings her Bible doctrine into play, the doctrine starts flowing again and therefore the mentality of her soul came up with an answer; orientation to the plan of God.
But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”
When Jesus said to her, “Woman,” it was like saying turn around and face the issue, I am here.
Would you rather be a governor who does not know the works of the Lord, or would you rather be a servant who knows the works of the Lord?
“This beginning” = this was His first miracle; “manifested his glory” = He left His calling card that He is God.
“And his disciples believed on him” – the iterative aorist = they had previously believed, before they came.
When Jesus finds us, we are totally useless, out of the plan of God, helpless, hopeless and we have nothing to recommend us.
“Stone” = everything that is negative, like hardheaded – cold, useless, worthless.
First they were saved. Next they are going to take in the Word, and then they are going to have the power of the Spirit.
Then you have wine. And wine represents happiness, inner stimulation, inner happiness, inner peace, inner power. And that will be true of all six.
Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Andrew had personally evangelized his brother Peter, Phillip would personally evangelize a stranger, Nathanael.
“And the third day” is three days following John 1:43 which was the fourth day of the diary.
“the mother of Jesus” – the mother of the humanity of Christ. Mary is not the mother of God.
At the moment Jesus only has six disciples, those who came out of the four-day diary. They included Andrew, Peter, James, John, Philip and Nathanael.