Water Into Wine


Message Notes and Group Questions

John 2:1-3 - “On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”

John 2:1-3 “When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”

John 2:5 “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’”

John 2:6-10 “Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 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 10 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.”

John 2:11 – “This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 - “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

The Wine

1. Jesus miraculously turned water into wine.

2. This text is not a justification to drink alcoholic beverages.

3. This text does not suggest that Jesus made non-fermented wine.

• Romans 15:1

What Does This Miracle Say about Jesus?

1. Because Jesus cares about even the smallest details, we can trust His provision in our lives.

“Today you’ll try to find rest by trying to understand your life, or you’ll rest in the One who understands everything, including your life.” Paul Tripp

2. Jesus knew how to enjoy life, to rest, and to have fun and we need to do the same.

3. Jesus is still in the miracle business, but often times it is dependent on our obedience to Him.

“Miracles are God’s business; obedience is mine.” -Brian Bloye

“Duties are ours. Events are God’s. It’s Christ’s to make the water into wine. Be faithful to do what we are told to do – fill the water pots and leave the miracle/event to God.” J.C. Ryle

4. Jesus performed miracles so that people would believe that He is the Son of God and that He has the power to change their life.

John 20:31 - but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Ephesians 3:20 – “God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…”

GROUP QUESTIONS:

Read John 2:1-11

God is in the life-change business, and in this story Jesus not only changes the circumstances of a party but he uses the occasion to change how he will be seen throughout history. Has God changed a significant area of your life? If so, share your story with the group.

In his message this week, Pastor Brian noted that this story speaks to the concern God has for the smallest of details in our lives. So what about those little things? Has God addressed a “small” detail in your life you didn’t expect? What was it, and how did it affect you?

Read the Story or Naaman, 2 Kings 5:1-14

Sometimes what God is asking of us seems ridiculous (like dipping yourself in the nasty Jordan, or filling water pots when the wine has run out). It almost seems like God wants to see how far our obedience will go. Why do you think God values obedience so much?

Read John 20:31 and Ephesians 3:20

What are you asking God to do that is beyond your ability to solve or control? How do these verses encourage you in your faith?

Think how you can pray for one another and the burdens we each carry. Consider choosing another member of the group and praying for them specifically this week.

James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed…”

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