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The Manifestation Of Christ's Glory Through Miracle - John 2:1-11

The post is an excerpt of message of General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W.F. Kumuyi.
The Manifestation Of Christ's Glory Through Miracle - John 2:1-11

In the text, we see a manifestation of Christ's glory through the miracle. There are many lessons for us to learn. Some spurious writings claim that Jesus started performing miracles since childhood, before He was 30! Nothing can be farther from the truth. It was explicitly stated in John 2:11 that "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee.....". So, this miracle was the first among many others to follow.

1. The Place Of The Miracle:
Moses: Turning water into blood: Miracle of judgment
Jesus: Turning of water into wine: Miracle of blessing
2. The preparation of the miracles.

3. The power to work miracles.

4. The performance of the miracles

5. The pattern of performing the miracles:
Peaceful, no drama.

6. The purpose of the miracle: the manifestation of His glory.

7. The persuasiveness of the miracle: it helped the disciples to believe on Jesus.

The Simplicity Of The Miracle:
1. No pride
2. No pretense
3. No prancing (strutting about)
4. No prolonged prayers
5. No parade or pageantry
6. No perspiration
7. No pushiness (not for showmanship).
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
      A.    The Proper Perception Of Christ's First Miracle John 2:1-4
And the third day.... Three days after Jesus told Nathanael that he would see greater things, a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee, the home town of Nathanael.
The mother of Jesus, Jesus and His disciple were invited.

When their wine finished, Jesus mother came and told her son. Why? Because He was 30. In Israel, you're not a man until you are 30. Mary knew her son more than anyone else. She pondered on those things told her by the angel concerning Him. Sue knew it was time His ministry started.
"Woman, what have I to with thee? ” This was not a rude remark as some would have us believe. He was trying to tell His mother that He is now of age, no longer a 12 year old. Also that His was a divine call, and that His time was not.
1. The problem of wedding
2. The problem of wine
3. The problem of calling the mother woman.
1a. The Presence Of Christ At The Wedding: John 2:1-2. Is it not surprising that Jesus did the first miracle at a wedding? Jesus drew a similarity between His kingdom and earthly wedding, Matthew 22:1-2. Anywhere He went, He talked about His kingdom: the preparation, the proper dressing, and the qualifications for getting there.

Vs 30. No marriage in heaven
Hebrews 13:4. On earth, marriage is not wrong, it is the perfect will of God that we get married.
If you want Jesus to be at your wedding and your marriage, you must not allow the devil be part of it.
Revelations 19:7. To sensitize the disciples about the marriage in heaven, using the wedding on earth as an example for better understanding.
1b. The Perception Of Creation Of The Wine:
The wedding was held in Cana of Galilee, in the land of Israel. The juice of the fruit of the vine is called wine. Isa 65:8. "new wine in the cluster" indicates the fruit of the vine which was the most common source of wine in Israel. Jesus couldn't have turned water alcoholic wine.

For Holy Communion, fruit of the vine, Matt 26:29 as indicative of the wine we will drink in heaven.
Mark 14:25. Jesus said, "I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine. . ." 
Some people twist, wrest and distort the word of God. They make excuses for their life of drunkenness and reveling. I Pet 3:16; Ephesians 5:17-18; I Corinthians 6:9-10; Proverbs 23:29; Isaiah 5:22-23; Woe pronounced on the drinkers.

Habakkuk 2:15. Woe unto them that give strong drink to their neighbours.
1c. The Propriety Of Calling His Mother A Woman. John 2:4
Some people criticize Jesus calling His mother a woman.

Matt 15:28. In those days, calling females woman was a sign of respect. Luke 13:11-12, Jesus had mercy on and healed the woman of her infirmity.
John 4:21; 8:10; 19:26-27; 20:11-18.
      B.     The Perceived Principles In Christ's Frontal Miracle. John 2:5.
It is a frontal miracle because it was the first.
His mother said unto the people, whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.
Miracle of transformation: salvation, sanctification, healing, provision, empowerment, Spirit's baptism.
B1. The Conditions For His miracle:
- Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it, John 2:5
- Nevertheless, at Thy word.... Miracles followed Peter's obedience, Luke 5:4-6
John 2:6, the people obeyed Jesus instructions of filling the pots with water.
Luke 17:12-14. The ten lepers obeyed Jesus and went to show themselves to the priests, and they were cleansed.
1. The Command From The Master: John 2:7
2. The Command Without Explanation
3. Obedience Without Expectations: John 9:1-7
4. Cooperation With Our Maker: John 9:1-7
The man blind from birth did not argue when Jesus told him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. He obeyed, and came back seeing. Obey joyfully, excitedly, a miracle will follow.
5. Confidence In The Messiah, John 2:8
The people did not question Jesus when He told them to draw the water and bare it to the governor of the feast.
It is so simple and sweet to get a miracle from Jesus. John 11:39-44. Jesus commanded the stone on Lazarus' tomb to be removed even though he had died for four days. The obedience paid off, Lazarus was raised back to life.
6. Confirmation Of The Miracle, John 2:9-10. The governor of the feast confirmed the miracle: the uniqueness of the new wine.
God saved the coming of Jesus to the last for Israelites and the world after several prophets have come and gone, and after many years of silence and darkness. Jesus came and made all things new. Mark 16:20, confirmation of Christ's promise to the disciples: the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.
      C.    The Pertinent Purpose Of Christ's Foremost Miracle. John 2:11
What is the purpose of this miracle?
1. Christ's Glory Shown Forth:
John 1:14;/17:24; II Corinthians 3:18, 4:6; Hebrew 2:9-10
2. His Disciples Believed On Him.
John 2:11b; And the disciples believed on Him. AND I BELIEVE ON HIM.
John 3:36: he that believes on Him everlasting life
John 5:24: he that believes has passed from death unto life.
John 6:40, 47. Everlasting life
John 8:30-32. The truth we know shall set us free
John 12:46. We shall not abide in darkness
John 20:31. We have life through His name.

 - May God help and increase our faith.
- May God bless and uphold our father in the Lord to the end. He will not be tired or weary in Jesus name.

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 Kemisola Omoyiola is a born again, heaven-bound daughter of the Most High God, a worker in Deeper Life Bible Church, who earnestly desires to win souls through her write-ups.

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