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Water to Wine - Part 2

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick
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July 15, 2021 6:54 am

Water to Wine - Part 2

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick

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July 15, 2021 6:54 am

One of Jesus’ most well-known miracles was also his first — turning water into wine. So what was the backstory and what does this miracle show us about how we live our lives today? Part 2.

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Mary great faith.

She's a model of faith. So many of us so how did Mary respond to Jesus saying you know what you have to do at this hour is not yet come.

His mother said to the servants, do whatever he tells black last broadcast. Stephen took us to the second chapter of the Gospel of John describing Jesus his first miracle, turning water into wine with this miracle about praising Jesus's divinity or is in a deeper lesson for us all here, stated that the second section of his message water to wine wedding feast Jesus went to with his five disciples who were with him, so verse two.

Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples, so if it was a family member. Naturally Mary would be there will will she will her 30-year-old son to be there as well and celebrate, or even if it was just a good friend would be natural for Jesus to be invited. But here's the catch. It was Jesus, and five new mouths to feed, and five new mouths to drink the wine that were added to what was probably a very poor wedding party that didn't have a lot of means that Mary was an important part of making sure that every need was met.

So verse three when when the wine ran out again, why did the wine run out because a couple of days into the wedding feast. Six people showed up who weren't expected to be there. Jesus and his five new disciples. They came in they started being a part of the celebration and they start drinking the wine as well and after a few days over wine ran out and so the mother of Jesus said to him, this is the implication that Mary had an important part of the wedding feast in her life because she went to Jesus.

When the wine ran out and she said they have no wine that is in this just like mom's even with a 30-year-old son. She still telling him what's going on and what needs to happen and Jesus said to her, woman, what does this have to do with me. Now that term woman is the same term that Jesus used on the cross. When he looked down at John and told John to take care of his mom and he called her woman. It's an affectionate term. He is asking Mary the question, what is this problem have to do with me. I didn't cause it really and what you want me to do about it and he seen that day. They didn't have a door you could call and get somebody to deliver the wine to you. They didn't have one 804 wine that you could call in order to get more wind to come to the door. Mary's in a dilemma, and here's what I think is really going on as well. You can look behind the scenes. You, Mary, was only 8 miles away from the place where she been raised and you know the story that during that time. When the angel Gabriel came to Mary and said to her you're with child, and she was a virgin.

She had not had intimacy with Joseph or any other man in the know that word spread because the same angel had to go to Joseph and say you marry this woman don't divorce her because during that year a long time.

I of God of the time they were engaged one another.

I think they had to get an actual divorce if something like this had happened. So the whispers and rumormongering about Mary continued, don't you think through the years, don't you think there always people said are you sure that Mary didn't sleep with somebody outside of wedlock. Are you sure this child is really not somebody else's because you later on. The Pharisees said to Jesus, we know who our father is Hoosier father I meant was a chap. It was a jab at his purported illegitimacy so so Mary's coming to Jesus, probably in some humility knowing whisper campaigns were still going on in her day with a sense of shame and embarrassment because this was her responsibility to make sure that wine was available to everybody. And so she comes to Jesus and said, help us out here Jesus responds with an affectionate woman what he will be to do about this. Then he says something interesting. My hour has not come that did did Mary turn to Jesus because he knew of how competent he was. It really from the ages of 12 to 30.

We know nothing about Jesus. It appears since Joseph nowhere to be found in this story. He could've been a bit older than Mary probably is dead. By this point in Jesus as the firstborn son probably took over the Carpenters business until the next son was old enough then for him to go begin his public ministry calling so Jesus was here in this situation and he never done a miracle beforehand because this was his first miracle remember and answer some of the early church pseudo-gospel accounts have Jesus as a little child by train changing clay pigeons into actual pigeons and nothing could be further from the truth. There is no evidence of that in the Scripture whatsoever. That's why we call those particular gospel accounts. Pseudo-epigraphy was their false writings are not really cannons are not in the New Testament for that very reason. But Mary either knew Jesus was very competent to take care of the problem. Or maybe she had this hint that he really is God in human flesh, and he could if he wanted to do a miracle to make this happen. We don't really know totally what was going on but was probably one of both of those things. And Jesus says to her, my hour has not yet come to know what's he saying here. There was a huge Jewish expectation of the Messiah coming. But when the Messiah would, there was the belief among the Jews that he would reestablish the Davidic kingdom.

King David's kingdom, and it would be all powerful and all glorious when Messiah would come, he would jettison the evil Romans from the land and they would have to deal with them anymore.

It would be more of a militaristic coup when the Messiah, and Jesus knew that his particular coming as Messiah was not a military kingdom, but was a kingdom of the spirit in the heart.

It would begin by changing hearts that that's why, for example with the racism problem that exists so much today that we can look at it being systemic.

But the real problem of racism is a condition of the heart would Jesus came to do is to change the human heart and when he does so.

We learn to love one another, not hate one another, and so he knew that when he did his first miracle that would be the inauguration of his kingdom and he says to his mom here.

My time is not yet come. If I do this miracle there's going to be suddenly all kinds of focus on me and the expectation of being Messiah. It's gonna speed me up to going to the cross which was my time has not yet come to die on the cross.

He's trying to wait for that to happen. So he says no this doesn't seem to be the time yet, but something went on. In Jesus heart that made him go ahead and respond to his mother's request.

I would guess it's first of all, deep love for the bride and the bridegroom's wedding was taking place in the sheer embarrassment of having their wind run out in the middle of their weeklong wedding feast was probably love for his mom not wanting to heap upon her anymore.

Shame and embarrassment.

Those of you who felt shame and embarrassment for mistakes in life are things that happen to you in life. Just know Jesus understand your shame and embarrassment he feels empathetically all that you're going through and he wants to respond to that with his enormous grace to give you whatever you need to be free from that shame and embarrassment. So how did Mary respond to Jesus saying you don't know won't. What do I have to do with this from my hours not yet come. His mother said to the servants, do whatever he tells you marry a great woman of faith. She's a model of faith for so many of us she had a request of her son Jesus said, I'm not sure to do that. How did she respond to she wine throw a tantrum give a fit. No, she said to the servants do whatever he tells you to do.

She submitted all of it into the hands of Jesus her Lord and trusted him that he would do what's right, just like all of us have to do folks when we have made a request of Jesus and it seems like his response isn't immediately what we want, what should be our response. We should turn to the servants and say do whatever he wants. We should turn our hearts and say we just need to do whatever he desires us to do. We remain to be obedient in our faith perspective and we refuse to doubt we refuse to have unbelief. We refuse to get negative and critical and bitter, and complaints. We just won't do it.

We take a posture of humility and submission, and trust Jesus no matter what his answer may be verse six now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rights of purification, each holding 20 or 30 gallons so in the wedding feast. There were six purification jars.

They were huge they held about 20 to 30 gallons of water each. Now I'm I bought this as a prop today. This is 1 gallon.

If you feel this with milk or water or juice or whatever.

This is 1 gallon.

Now here's what I want you to imagine. I want you to imagine 2230 of these being filled to the brim with water and then pulled into one huge stone holder and and that's how much one held 20 to 30 of these now I want you to magnify that multiply that times six. That means that Jesus basically looked at six water pots full of 120 280 gallons of water enough for 6000 people to drink from four weeks six water pots, each 120 to 30 gallons a piece, 120 280 worth of gallons of water in these water pots that they were ceremonial purification pots of water and what is that mean it means that when people would travel they would come in and wash off their feet and their hands before they would enter into a person's home trying to I think make cleanliness very important. But during the meals especially are they would not only wash their hands with this water before they ate. But in between each meal they would wash their hands. The Jews knew even then, the importance of washing your hands and I was not about social distancing 6 feet and I don't know about any of the other mandates like mass that we have been asked to do, but they sure understood the importance of washing their hands on a regular basis and that's why there was a lot of this water available for ceremonial washing, especially in between meals and between courses and after the meal was over so these pots existed and the Jewish writer purification was used for them and Jesus.

Now verse seven said to the servicemember the service that Mary said do whatever he tells you to do.

Fill the jars with water and they fill them to the brim. So they took each one that was 20 to 30 gallons and they filled it not just casually three quarters full, but to the brim.

Each one contained again 20 to 30 gallons. Altogether, about 120 280 gallons of water and he said to them now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast. So they took it out, so the water was dipped out some a bit of it.

We don't know how much exactly and it was taken to the master of the feast. There was an MC over the weeklong wedding celebration and the water was taken to the master of the feast. So they took it, and when the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine. Did you know that the water didn't become wine until the servants obeyed. What Jesus told them to do. The miracle didn't take place until the servants obeyed. What Jesus told them to do. Dear friends, you may need a miracle in your life today, but you need to understand if there some area of your life that Jesus has demanded obedience about and you are delaying that obedience. Remember delayed obedience is disobedience and Jesus cannot do the miracle he cannot change the water into wine. He cannot do what you desire so much until you have first committed to him as a heart that is obedient to all.

He wishes you to do. You need to let the Holy Spirit confront you today and see any area of your life when you know you're being disobedient to him and wherever that may be you make the decision I'm going to be obedient. I'm going to do whatever Jesus tells me to do minutes in the process of taking that water from the servants to the master of ceremonies that then the water turns into wine was only after the water had brought from the huge ceremonial cleansing jars to the master of ceremonies and when the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine and did not know where it came from.

Though the servants who had drawn the water knew the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, everyone serves the good wine first and when people have drunk freely. Then the poor wine but you have kept the good wine until now since of the Masters of ceremony was unbelievably overcome with excitement because when he tasted this wine that had been given to him. It was like the first part of the wedding feast. When the best wine to serve in. And that's because people's pallets are ready to enjoy wine and they could enjoy the deep taste of wine and then it is a palace got a few a bit dull, you know, two, three, four days into the feast, and that would bring out the poor are more diluted wind. It didn't have as much of a punch and would not be enjoyed as much, but the master surmises why were were two, three, four days into the feast and this batch of why the second batch of wine is better than the first batch that came by just showing folks that when Jesus wants to do a miracle in our lives. He wants to do more than we could ever think or imagine that that's where Jesus is not only trying to raise the shame and embarrassment's that we have gone through in our lives, but giving us a miraculous presence of life from him.

That's better. Anything we could ever hope for, or imagine you know when I felt God calling me to form moments of the church. Most of you know, I'm a little bit older in life. I had been in ministry almost 40 years in a previous church and that ended and you know I just didn't feel like God's call upon my life was finished I looked at the example of Caleb in the Bible that when he was 40 years old. He went into the promised land and saw the Giants and he didn't fear the Giants. He knew the God had promised that land so Caleb and Joshua believed with the other 10 spies didn't believe in a when infected all the people and had to march around in the wilderness and those other people died off except for Caleb and Joshua at the age of 85 we marched into the promised land after 40 years plus a wilderness wanderings. The first thing he wanted was the land where the Giants were the city give me that land that's most prosperous for the Giants are the biggest because that's what God has promised me some always use Caleb as an example of my life years are just numbers and God's call is what's important. So I committed to the Lord to begin this ministry with Marilyn. We spent a lot of time in prayer between ourselves also with a large number of people just praying and seeking the Lord in one time in a prayer time is housing Lord, am I crazy to do this at this age and stage of life and my just nuts. I know I heard the voice that of the Lord said to me, son. I have called you to plant moments of hope, church, and then he said these words best wine and listening to moments of hope with David joins me in a test lesson about developing a stronger personal relationship with God will be right.

This is the ministry meant focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community by Mark McManus and here's Jim Noble with the dream Center, Charlotte Jimbo and Bowen direct take a minute tell you guys. Thank you. Moments of hope. David and Marilyn Chadwick all of you there being no, for us, you been there since 08 starting Kings and drew into the dream Center mill the last eight weeks, probably exceeding 55,000 words that you made in the city is is one of the work with the meals on out early so, Rotary Park never amount as long as the meal is the first collimated side of Israel and provide you all you everything you and not only is this week is all dreams and with you as you. God bless and we just see listening 19 seats to an end with me today is pastor David David in your daily devotions. He recently read about how one of the personal names for God in the Old Testament was my yeah gin David calls God my lamp in second Samuel chapter 22 verse 29 for any who may know their Bibles really well you know that second Samuel 22 David quotes us all.

That's almost identical to Psalm 18 yet in the one in second Samuel, he calls God my lamp.

He does not do so in Psalm 18, so it's a special insight into the very personal nature of God as my lamp so I think all of our listeners would do well to think for a second with us gin on what's the purpose of the lamp will obviously is to give light to us and especially when were in dark places. We need light one small match can overcome all darkness and light guides us through darkness. What's interesting though as well is that in David's day I at nighttime, people would literally tie lamps to their feet and that way they could walk in the night to the next step and ultimately get to their destination. That's what King David meant in Psalm 119 verse 105 when he said God's word is a lamp to my feet, that as you study God's word. God often gives you the next step for your life as you try to keep moving down God's journey that he has for you. People would tie again lamps to their feet to give them the next step in a dark place that what so absolutely fascinating here is as God is a lamp to your feet to show you his way and will God's lamp, though in David's day is not a high beam in the middle of the night and it's not your bright lights in your car there allows you to see hundreds of feet ahead of you, that in David's day the lamp to your feet only showed you the next step. So when David calls God my lamp. I think what he's doing is he saying that God promises to be my light in dark places, but he only shows me the next step and then the next step and then the next step. He's not a high beam a in the night. He is a lamp to my feet to show me just the next step and that should help everybody out there listening right now gin understand that God sometimes will only show you the next step. He won't show you two years out five years out, he'll only show you the next step. That's why Jesus taught us to pray. Give us this day our daily bread is God provides for us this day and shows us. The next step this day and he'll give us the next step.

The next day, and over time we see how we been walking faithfully dependently upon him. So King David knew that God was a lamp to his feet. That's why he called God my lamp so for all of us.

Let's do similarly. Let's trust God for today. Matthew 634 Jesus said tomorrow's got enough worries of its own.

Let's not use today's energy being anxious for tomorrow.

Let's just let God lead us to that next step and that next step and that next step and what will find out over a lifetime is. He's eventually lead us home.

Wow, that's a really good where dinky Semites will think all of you for listening today and if you would like a daily E blast from me go to moments of hope church.orc subscribe there there free of charge. I have only one desire dear friends from my heart to yours to help you understand and grow in your faith and what I've learned over the years and walking with the Lord. I love to share with you and that way at 7 AM every morning.

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