Sermon Outline for Sunday 11/25/07

Jesus And The New Wine

“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. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” John 2:1-11 (KJV).

The gospels are written to glorify Jesus. There is an account in the gospel of John where some Greeks have came to Philip, “and desired him, saying, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” (John 12:21). That is John’s desire in the writing of this gospel, and it “is written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31).

Throughout all the gospels we see many evidences of people following Jesus because of the signs and miracles He performed. Often when Jesus would teach the kingdom truths on the cost of discipleship, many would leave following Him. There are some who say, “If I could just see a miracle, a sign or something I would believe.” No! They wouldn’t! Signs and miracles do not produce faith.

This sign Jesus performed was basically done in obscurity. There were only a few who knew; the servants, the disciples, and Mary. A sign is a means by which to give proof and/or evidence of a great truth.

The Jewish wedding is one of great celebration. It is one of great feasting. Many guests were usually invited to the wedding feast. This feast was totally sponsored by the bridegroom and his family, and at great expens. It was quite necessary to be sure there would be plenty to go around for the seven day event. To run out, or come up short would be a total disgrace to the family and would cause great shame in the newly married couples home for years to come. It is said that if they ran out of food and wine that there could also be s very stiff fine imposed. So, now you can see the immediacy of the need, the cry of urgency from Mary.

My prayer is that in this message that the emphasis is placed on Jesus and not the sign. That is the way of God, and that is the intended purpose of John the apostle as well.

OUTLINE:

I. A NEW DAY HAS DAWNED (vv. 1-2).
II. A NEW REQUEST COMES FROM MARY (vv. 3-5).
III. A NEW USE FOR SOME OLD WATERPOTS (vv. 6-8).
IV. A NEW WINE IS MADE BY THE MASTER (vv. 9-10).
V. A NEW SATISFACTION OF FAITH IN THE CREATOR (v. 11).

I. A NEW DAY HAS DAWNED (vv. 1-2).

A. This is the seventh day mentioned thus far in the gospel of John.

1. The first day mentioned ends with 1:28;
2. The second day begins in 1:29;
3. The third day begins in 1:35;
4. The fourth day in 1:43;
5. Days five through seven are found in the new week of 2:1.
6. Remember John has a fondness for the number “7″.
7. You will see it in all his writings.

B. It is a new day of hope.
C. It is an especially new day for a fine young couple.
D. They are about to experience what could be certain tragedy.

II. A NEW REQUEST COMES FROM MARY (vv. 3-5).

A. The wine is gone, all drank up, there is no more; the wineskins are dry.

1. Considering the societal backwash that could happen here there is one tremendous need.
2. This could very well spell disaster, disgrace for this young couple for the rest of their lives, and bring shame on the whole family.

B. Mary’s authority over Jesus is gone as well.
C. Mary expresses faith in Him and His ability to meet needs, and then trust it to Him to care for it; believing He will do the right thing.

III. A NEW USE FOR SOME OLD WATERPOTS (vv. 6-8).

A. The original use for these waterpots was for the washing of hands and feet.

1. The head of each house would wash the feet of guests who came to their home.
2. For the preparation of meals and such other ceremonies they washed their hands on a regular basis.

B. They wer at that present moment empty and useless.
C. The servants obeyed the words of Jesus, and went and filled the waterpots.

1. Probably about 20 – 30 gallons per pot.
2. The servants were probably diligent to fill the pots to almost overflowing.

D. Water was taken by the servants, from the pots, to the guests, which unbeknownst to them, was only as it had been dipped from the pots, made new wine.

IV. A NEW WINE IS MADE BY THE MASTER/CREATOR (vv. 9-10).

A. Wine is a means of joy to man – “And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?” Judges 9:13 (KJV), and “And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.” Psalms 104:15 (KJV).

1. The vile, polluted stuff the world offers will not last.
2. The world seems to give the best at the start, but when the senses grow dull to all the feasting, and revellry; the worst of the worst is slipped in.

B. There is a new source of joy.

Warren Wiersbe has said, “Moses’ first miracle was a plague – turning water into blood (Exodus 7:19) which speaks of judgment. Our Lord’s first miracle spoke of grace.”

In bypassing the wine making process of nature He showed the free gift and miracle of grace. Wine making involves the stomping of the grapes (showing wrath), and the aging with infirmities, thus showing the wrath He Himself would endure for us.

C. Our Lord saves the best for last.

V. A NEW SATISFACTION OF FAITH IN THE MASTER/CREATOR (v. 11).

A. The disciples had already decided to follow Jesus – they were with Him – He only had about half of His disciples with Him at this time.
B. The disciples having already expressed faith – Jesus confirmed and built their faith through this sign.
C. There is no greater satisfaction in the life of a Christian than knowing that His glory is manifested.

“Even the faith that is true is at first but weak. The strongest men were once babes, so were the strongest Christians. The manifesting of the glory of Christ is the great confirmation of the faith of Christians.” MATTHEW HENRY.

D. There is eternal satisfaction through faith in Jesus.

* “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” JESUS (Matthew 26:29).
* “Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” JESUS (Mark 14:25).
* “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; and you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” ISAIAH 55:1

SUMMARY –

I. It is a new day when Jesus is glorified.
II. When we make a request of Jesus we best trust Him with the results and its outcome.
III. We can become vessels for the Master’s use, by His making of New Wine.
IV. We become a source of joy and renewing for others by the power and the glory of Jesus.
V. The old religion we once had just will not do once we have tasted the New Wine of the glory of Jesus.
VI. Jesus was invited as a guest to the wedding. He left as the Host. Jesus is the Bridegroom who supplies all the refreshment for His wedding feast in Heaven, and there is an abundance for all who will believe.

-Tim A. Blankenship


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