Formations Lesson for January 17- Jesus Revealed at a Wedding
January 4 2010 by DuPre Sanders, pastor, Roxboro Baptist Church

Focal Passage: John 2:1–11   

As a child, I learned from my church that what separated Southern Baptists from other Christians was teetotalism. My parents were teetotalers (except for the small glass of blackberry wine my father drank while my grandmother made Christmas fruitcakes).  Our congregation recited the church covenant’s promise “to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage.”

Thus, I find it perplexing that Jesus’ first recorded miracle was the turning of water into wine. If God is as serious about the alcohol issue as I was taught, why then is this story in the Bible?

The story tells us that Jesus, His mother, and the disciples had been invited to a wedding in Cana of Galilee. At some point in the festivities, Mary approached Jesus and asked Him to relieve the embarrassment of the host.

He had run out of wine. After some protesting, Jesus acted.

Jesus asked that the six stone jars used for purification purposes and holding some 20 or 30 gallons apiece be filled to the brim with water.

When the master of ceremony tasted what the servants drew out of the jars, he complimented the superior quality of the wine. As the story is told, the wedding guests and the master of ceremony were unaware that a miracle had occurred; but the disciples knew, and they “put their faith in him” (v. 11).

Some notions die hard.

The Pharisees, and even the disciples of John the Baptist, clung to the notion that the law represented the best and highest word God had ever given man. To this notion John the Evangelist tells this otherwise unreported story of the wedding in Cana — a story that illustrates what John previously recorded, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

What was the purpose of the law? Its aim was to produce a right relationship with God expressed in a right relationship with one another.

The law failed.

It produced a quality of life that was impoverished of feeling, of sensitivity toward one’s fellow man.

Certainly Jesus did turn water into wine as the story states, but the real miracle performed in this story is that gallons of law and guilt were transformed into gallons of grace.

The “new wine” that Jesus offers is a religion of joy.

Being a Christian is like going to a Jewish wedding. The bridegroom is with us, and he brings joy to our lives.     
1/4/2010 6:32:00 AM by DuPre Sanders, pastor, Roxboro Baptist Church | with 0 comments




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