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Lesson 18 – Jesus, the Son (John 2:3-5)

Today’s Scripture:  John 2:3-5 KJV

Jesus, the Son
The Marriage at Cana
Part 2 of 3

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When we think of a wedding, it is a one day celebration.  The old Jewish marriage feast was one week long.  Virgins were married on Wednesdays.  Widows on Thursdays.  Can you imagine the food?  The drink?

In verse 3 we read,

“And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.”

Note:  Mary does not ask nor command Jesus to do anything.  She reports, “They have no wine.”

 

My mother has done this to me.

“There’s no crackers out there now.”

“The punch is almost gone.”

She is informing me but there is an obligation attached to that report.  No one wants the family embarrassed.  Mary’s report makes me wonder if Mary is not related to the family at Cana.  Running out of wine brought a heavy fine.  The social stigma plus the financial burden of a fine would cause great hardship on the family.  This is more serious than it looks to the casual reader.

In verse 4 we read,

“Jesus saith unto her, “Woman, what have I to do with thee?  Mine hour has not yet come.” 

No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 8. Marriage at Cana (detail) 1304-06. Fresco Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

What Jesus is really saying, in a polite way (‘woman’ is a polite form of address in their language) is, “Why are you dragging me into this?”  Jesus is no longer required to do as she tells him and his next sentence goes specifically to ‘why’.  Mine hour has not yet come.  He is now on the Father’s time table and he cannot deviate.  Do you recall what happened when he was twelve (see Luke 2:40-52)?

In verse 5 we read,

“His mother saith unto the servants Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”

How much easier would life be if we did as Mary did?  And what of the servants, they just obey.  And what happens when Mary lets go and lets God?  And what happens when servants just obey and do the will of God?  A miracle happens, doesn’t it? (vv. 6-12)

And that miracle happens in God’s time not ours.  I encourage you to study the concept that John brings forward in his gospel of the “divine hour” or the “heavenly time table”.  John beautifully establishes for the believer that there was nothing that happened in the life of Christ that was not ordained by God.  God had his hand in every single thing.  Even the things that you would deem inconsequential to the story.  Yes, His hand was in those things too.  Nothing is to chance.

When Christ came, He came at the appointed time.

When Christ’s ministry began, it was at the appointed time.

And when He comes again, it will be at the appointed time!

Be blessed and see you for Part 3 and the summary of the Marriage at Cana!

DIGGING DEEPER:

The Heavenly Hour

John 2:4

7:30

8:20

12:23

13:1

17:1

then read John 11:9-10

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Bible studies, Christian Life

 

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Lesson 17 – Jesus the Guest (John 2:1-2)

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Today’s Scripture:

John 2:1-2

And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there. And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

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Marriage at Cana, c. 1500, Gerard David, Musée du Louvre, Paris

Christ is revealed in three (3) roles at the marriage in Cana of Galilee. 

  1. The Guest (vv. 1-2),
  2. The Son (vv.3-5),
  3. and the Host (vv.6-12).

Christ is not anti-social.  He is not a holy man residing on a mountain in a meditative trance most of the time.  That is far from the truth.  Christ is a very social being and he’s not tucked away but his enemies would later try to use his social tendencies against him.

Luke 15:1-2 KJV, “Then drew near unto Him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.  And the Pharisees and scribes murmured saying, This man receiveth sinners and eateth with them.”

When Christ comes into a situation what is commonplace becomes sanctified.  His presence thereby sanctifies it.  And the family who invites Christ such as the family at Cana to their gatherings is wise.  I was thinking of this the other day.  When was the last time that you took Jesus to dinner?

The Scriptures do not reveal if the invitation was first for Mary and her son, Jesus (and he brought along his friends).  Or, if one of the disciples received an invitation and asked if he might also bring his friends.  We are unsure about how that unfolded but verse 2 tells us that whoever was invited first, all were invited and expected to this event.  We lack the privilege of personally inviting Christ in the flesh to any event.  But the Spirit that dwells within us gives Christians today the rare privilege of taking Christ with us everywhere.  He lives in our heart.  If you know Christ, that is your right and privilege because He dwells within you.

If you don’t know Christ, did you know that he cannot go where you go – unless you invite Him?  Like the family at Cana invited Jesus, so must you invite Him.  Your Christian challenge today is to take Christ with you as your guest – to every event in your life.  Has he been invited to the breakfast table, at lunch, at dinner?  When you go out with your friends, is Jesus allowed to come?  Or, do you have to leave Jesus at home?  Why don’t you take Him with you next time?  Let Him be your guest today.

Be blessed.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Bible studies

 

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Lesson 16 – King of Israel (John 1:43-51)

THE KING OF ISRAEL

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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Bible studies, Christian Life

 

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Lesson 15 – The Messiah (John 1:35-42)

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John 1:35-42

35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

 

To recap our study:

The major theme throughout John’s Gospel is that Jesus is the Son of God and belief in Him grants eternal life (John 3:16; 20:31).  Deeper theologically than Matthew Mark or Luke, the gospel of John has one goal:  to tell you who Jesus of Nazareth really was and all that He is.

John 1:1-3, 14 (The Word)
John 1:4-13 (The Light)
John 1:15-28 (The Lamb of God)
John 1:29-34 (The Son of God)
John 1:35-42 (The Messiah)

In verse 35, Jesus is still at the river with John the Baptist.  This is the 3rd day; the 7th day is when the marriage at Cana takes place (John 2:1).  The two disciples are John, the writer of this gospel, and his friend Andrew.  Originally disciples of John the Baptist, they are eager to follow Jesus after witnessing the Spirit descends on Him.  That is another prevailing theme in John’s gospel:  WITNESS.  He provides eye witness accounts of the Saviour to verify his claims about Christ.

What do John and Andrew ask of Jesus (v.38)?  “Where are you living?” They weren’t making small talk either; he invited them and they followed Jesus home.  Are we just as willing to dwell with Him?  What a testament to their salvation, that they immediately wanted to dwell with the Lord just as the Holy Spirit indwells new believers in the New Testament era.  Then, they went to fetch their brothers.  John brought James; Andrew brought Simon Peter.  I love this part of the story.  John and Andrew are true disciples.  They don’t just want to live with Jesus and soak up His every word.  They ran and told others that the Redeemer had come.

In verse 42, Simon Peter receives a new name.  Christ calls him ‘Cephas’ which is interpreted ‘a stone’.  Throughout Christ’s ministry, we see Peter’s shortcomings.  He is weak, impetuous, and he denies his Lord three times before He was crucified despite how much that he loved Jesus.  Peter is also a lesson to us today because just like Paul, we find that God picks up where we fall short.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

(2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV)

The word ‘Messiah’ is a Hebrew term and means the ‘anointed’.  In Greek, this same word translates “Christ”.  The Hebrew people often called their kings, the Anointed.  When these men left with news that the Messiah had come, Israel knew the promised King had arrived!  Regardless of what language that you use, He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Why?  Because He is the God of all people.  Cry out to Him in any tongue and He will receive you.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Until next time…

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Bible studies, Christian Life

 

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Lesson 14 – As Good As Your Word (John 1:31-34)

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 The average Bible scholar is familiar with the truths in this passage.  John the Baptist sees Christ for the first time and knows based on a clue left him by Father God that the man at the river is the Son of God! A new lesson from the same text came to me today.  We can read God’s Living Word time and again, and come away with a new truth each time.

31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

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“And I knew him not…”

In verses 31 and 33, John tells us that he did not know Christ before he met him that day at the river. He tells us twice. John went ahead, and prepared the way, for a stranger on the word of Father God.  If you’re reading quickly, this may not seem like much.  If you stop for a second look, there is a deeper lesson here for the Christian life.

Two things come to mind: reputation and good rapport. Imagine the relationship between Father God and John the Baptist. If Father God had not been faithful and true to John, do you really think that John would John have taken him at his word?  Would you leave your home, start crying out to others, and baptizing in a local river, based on the word of just anybody? No, we probably would not but John had a good rapport with Father God.  God’s reputation precedes Him as faithful and true.

“I have it on good authority”

Last year, when we moved into the farm several of our neighbors spoke to me about this local author. He probably lives about 20 miles from my home. He is rather accomplished and has 40 books or more to his credit. I am ashamed to say that until I moved back to Kentucky in 2013, I had not read any of his work. But on the good word of my neighbors, I purchased a few of his books. I was not disappointed. The books were good. I enjoyed them. The report was good.  I’ll be keen to hear of more local talent now because I have it on good authority that great folks live near me!

As Christians a good reputation is priceless; having a good rapport with others is too.  In seeking daily to be more like Christ, is my reputation flawless? Have I established a good rapport with others? If I gave others urgent direction, would my faithfulness and honesty spur them to action? Or, would they question my directive because I failed them in the past?  This speaks to God’s faithfulness to us.  His Word is truth.  John knew it and ran with the message!

The good reputation of God being faithful and true to John spurred to action. John came out of the wilderness on the word of one who had never let him down and would never lie to him. If not for that, John would not have been at the river that day. Christ would not have been baptized by John the Baptist. The voice of one crying in the wilderness would not have prepared hearts.  The good rapport between them made ALL this possible.

What does the Bible tell us to do as Christians?  “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Can you be taken at your word?  On a daily basis, you may not care who takes you at your word.  You may say, “Oh, I could care less what others think of me.  They can believe me or not – no skin off my nose!”  What if this a dire situation?  What if your words were the only caution sign this soul may read?  Then, yes.  We would care whether folks believe that we were as good as our word.  In that instance, your good reputation and the rapport that you have may save someone’s life.  Without those two things, the whole world may have missed all the Father had in store for us:  the Gift of His Precious Son as our sacrifice for sin.

Today’s challenge:  Let Your Good Reputation Precede You and Glorify Your Father in Heaven.

Until next time!

Tina

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Bible studies, Christian Life

 

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John 1:30 – This is he of whom I said…

“This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.” John 1:30

“This is he of whom I said,”

It is the second day of John the Beloved’s ‘Creation Week’. Our meditation of John 1:29 focused on Jesus and John calling him the Lamb of God, what that means to us, and how lambs are pictured in Scripture. When John the Baptist spoke the words recorded in John 1:15 he had not met Christ yet. John the Baptist knew of the Messiah; he, himself, was born of a priestly line. The stories also told by his parents of the visitations of angels and the visit Elizabeth received – her cousin, Mary with child. Surely, the Baptist’s mother reminded him often how he leapt in the womb at the sight of sweet Mary carrying the Messiah within her! John knew that Jesus was six months younger than he in human age. However, John knew this was just the earthly tabernacle of He who is from ‘everlasting to everlasting’ and came well before him.

Recall on day one John’s interrogation by the Jewish leaders (John 1:25-27). Day two refers to this meeting. Those present witnessed the exchange on day one and are present when Jesus arrives on day two (John 1:29-30). Ever wonder how John the Baptist ‘just knew’ it was Jesus? He announced him (1:29) before he met him. John ‘saw Jesus coming’ and you have to know someone well to spot them afar off. There is one person that I can spot a mile away: my father. He has a distinct gait with the right foot falling hard on the outside of the heel, followed close by the left, also falling outside. He always holds his head high but his hands are often in his pockets jingling keys and change as he walks. I can ‘see him coming’.

A few years ago, I stopped to see my brother at work. We chatted at the car window before he turned to walk inside. I saw that right foot falling hard on the outside of the heel, followed close by the left, also falling outside. His hands were in his pockets and my heart said, “Daddy – just like Daddy.”

Like Father, Like Son…

As a hermit of the wilderness, John had an intimate relationship with God the Father. When John saw Christ coming toward the river; well, he would know ‘Him’ anywhere. I think John’s first impulse must have been, “Daddy – just like Daddy! It is Him. The Lamb of God. The Son of Man. The Messiah has come and he is God Almighty!”  The crowd heard, “This is him!  This is who I have been telling you about – He is Here!  Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Have you ever known Christ that intimately? Would you like to know Him that way? Personally, I do not want to ask Christ to show his nail scarred hands to me as proof that He is the Holy One. I want to ‘see him coming’ just like John the Baptist did. I can only do that if I get to know God deeply, memorize his steps, and walk in them.

Will you ‘see Him coming’? I hope you do.

Be blessed!

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Bible studies

 

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Handout: Prophecies of the Coming Messiah

Note:  This is not exhaustive but should provide some references to prophecies of the Coming Messiah.

Luke 24:27 (After His Resurrection on the road to Emmaus)

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them, in all the Scriptures, the things concerning Himself.”

Genesis 3:15, 9:26, 12:3, 49:10

Exodus 12:46 (see John 19:46)

Deuteronomy 18:15

II Samuel 7:16 (see Matthew 1:1 and 22:42)

Psalm 2; 16:8-11 (see Acts 2:25-31); 22:1-18; 41:9 (see John 13:8 and Acts 1:16); 69:9 (see John 2:17)

Psalm 69:21 (see Matthew 27:34); 110:1-4 (Acts 2:32-35);

Isaiah 7:14 (see Matthew 1:23); 9:6,7; 42:1-3,6-7 (see Matthew 12:17-21; Luke 2:32); 50:6 (see Matthew 26:67; 27:26);

Isaiah 52:13 to the end of Isaiah 53

Jeremiah 31:15 (see Matthew 2:17,18)

Micah 5:2 (se Matthew 2:6)

Zechariah 9:9 (see Matthew 21:5)

Zechariah 11:11-13 (see Matthew 26:15)

Jesus Christ fulfilled each of these prophecies literally.  When on the road to Emmaus, these MIGHT be some of the things that he discussed with the Disciples.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Bible studies

 

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