On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’
Woman, why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come.’
His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from eighty to a hundred and twenty litres.
Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, ‘Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.’ They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realise where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, ‘Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.’
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:1-11
1) Jesus changes the natural into supernatural
Note where did the wine come from? Ordinary stone water jars filled with ordinary washing water. I may be labouring the point here – but sometimes I read familiar bible passages and go, oh yeah, I know all about that… until the magnitude and WOWNESS of what God has done smacks me in the face. Jesus turned WATER into WINE. Good wine. Like instantly.
And the life application: our life may seem “normal” but Jesus can interrupt it and change people’s lives – He can take the water of our life and make it wine for His Kingdom. When our lives are filled with intense pressure, we can know His intimate presence. Running out of wine was a moment of pressure for the wedding host… Our perspective in weakness is always a snapshot, but God’s perspective is panoramic… He sees the big picture!
If you filled a pot with water and put it on your front porch, it could sit there for a 1000 years and never turn into wine. Not only is this impossible, it misses the point of the miracle. In John 1:3, John said, “All things came into being by Him…” Now John is recording a miracle in which Jesus demonstrates that He is the creator. He creates wine. He doesn’t speed up the natural process.
What’s my point there: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR JESUS
No life that can’t change
No heart that can’t be won
No stronghold that can’t be pulled down
No sickness that can’t be healed
No obstacle that can’t be scaled
Love how we’re singing: there’s always hope, there’s always healing, light will always break through darkness, nothing is impossible for you, so let the mountains move before me, let the valleys rise to meet me, nothing is impossible for you
What answer does Jesus give when our lives feel empty – like we’ve run out of wine?
How do we be open to the supernatural in our lives?
2) Jesus calls us to live surrendered
Radical isn’t about how high you jump in a worship service. It’s about how you walk when you come down. Mike Bickle
"Burning for God is not a feeling, it is a lifestyle."
Moses and Aaron then went into the Tent of Meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people. 24 Fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown. Leviticus 10:23-24
But the instruction to the priests was that: “The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. Leviticus 6:12
God started the fire but it was the priests responsibility that the fire keep burning.
I believe God is the igniter of the fire but our part is to say YES and to keep the fire burning.
The way to REMAIN in this place of walking close with God is to continue walking closer
The way to REMAIN is to live surrendered: If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:10-11
Exerting effort doesn’t earn us God’s love, but we exert effort into our relationship with God because He loves us.
What did mary say to the servants?
What does this look like in our real lives? In context of what rosanna said last week?
What hinders God moving in our lives?
How do we become more surrendered?
Most importantly WHY do we become more surrendered? That may sound like a simple question, but hear it out loud and give the answer out loud. Put language around what your spirit desires and articulate what is going on in our heart… it then makes it easier to live with it, as if by saying it out loud we are then agreeing with it and can live it.